Council slams Government over waste of £150k

The Government has approved plans to spend £150,000 on leaflets to be distributed in Leeds about the upcoming Mayoral election in the city.

'Waste Of Public Money'

Councillors in Leeds have issued a joint statement criticising the Government for approving plans to distribute 'deeply unsatisfactory' leaflets to more than 400,000 homes across the city. The document details the forthcoming Mayoral election.

Leeds is being forced to print avery confusing question on its ballot papers in May, which the Council may yetseek to challenge. The leading nature of that question will only be compoundedby the selective information contained within this centrally approved andcentrally funded leaflet.**

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– Joint statement from Cllrs Keith Wakefield, Andrew Carter, and Stewart Golton.

Councillors say voters could be given unbalanced information that could impact on the decision they are being asked to make in May about how their city will be run.

The Council will dispatch the Government approved leaflet this week.

The Government may be footing the bill for this leaflet instead of the Council but it remains a poor use of £150k of public money.

– Joint statement from Cllrs Keith Wakefield, Andrew Carter, and Stewart Golton.
  • Cllr Keith Wakefield, Leader, Labour group
  • Andrew Carter, Leader, Conservative Group
  • Stewart Golton, Leader, Liberal Democrat Group