Figures from Telford & Wrekin Council show that we underestimated the amount of our money Telford & Wrekin Council lost on the T-Party event.
We expected a loss on the concert of about £17,500 based on the shortfall in the number of people going to the concert against what the council told the Shropshire Star they needed to break even but they actually lost £27,484 on the concert and a further £12,874 on the previous weekend’s “children’s festival”. This makes a total loss of £40,358.
It is extremely concerning that the leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Cllr Kuldip Sahota, considers this such a success that he has pledged to repeat it next year. Cllr Bill McClements, the council’s money man, told BBC Radio Shropshire that he would have been happy to lose £30k of our money on the concert. Whether he’s happy to have lost £40k is unknown at the moment but as the council has been considering rationing care services “because of The Cuts” you’d hope the answer would be no. Then again, you’d expect the man whose job it is to balance the books when the council’s income is being drastically reduced to against the idea of losing money on anything, let alone a pop concert.
The Conservatives have failed to hold the Labour-run council to account for wasting so much taxpayers’ money thus far and have remained silent since the full extent of the losses have been known. We can only assume they are happy to see services cut to pay for a pop concert and that they have given up all pretence of opposition to this wasteful Labour regime. Residents can be assured that we will continue to provide the only opposition to Labour in Telford & Wrekin and hold both Labour and the Conservatives to account for their actions.
Hat-tip to Callam Delaney for the FOI response.