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COST CUTTING CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTES TO ALLOWANCES OVERSPEND

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Wansbeck councillors, who have ordered 21 redundancies as part of a£400,000 cost cutting exercise, overspent on th...
Wansbeck councillors, who have ordered 21 redundancies as part of a £400,000 cost cutting exercise, overspent on their own expenses by more than £100,000, writes The Daily Telegraph (p8).

The £114,000 overspend on a planned budget of £151,000 included a £2,000 weekend conference for 20 councillors to discuss the job cuts, says the paper.

Council leader Denis Murphy said that the one night hotel stay was necessary for intense discussion on restructuring, and 'a colossal amount of work was put in'.
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