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ROW OVER PLYMOUTH CITY'S USE OF HOUSING CASH TO PAY LEGAL BILL

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Plymouth City Council took£140,000 from its Housing Revenue Account towards the cost of a£700,000 legal bill, the...
Plymouth City Council took £140,000 from its Housing Revenue Account towards the cost of a £700,000 legal bill, the Evening Herald in Plymouth reported yesterday.

The city paid the money to gardening contractors Krinkels in settlement of a legal row after the company was sacked by the Labour council last year.

Tory councillors condemned the payment at a finance sub committee meeting. They said tenants should have been consulted before the cash was used.

But the Labour group said no tenant would have to pay any extra because of the decision.

Committee chairman Jack Jones said: 'We have split the ratio of the settlement between the proportion of maintenance work carried out for the housing department and other areas which will come from the general rate fund.'
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