The Echo reports that councillors have claimed £21.50 each in attendance allowance for a 30-minute lesson on how to use a new photocopier and similar claims have been submitted for a 15-minute session on microphone techniques.
The Echo editorial (p8) suggests councillors should forget the microphone training. 'The sound of profligacy is already coming over loud and clear.'
But council leader John Williams said:
'They need to speak properly and coherently and to be kept up to date with microphone techniques,' he added.