Caroline Page points to wasteful spending authorised by Suffolk County Council while they are cutting school crossing patrols to save £174,000. she writes:
On the parsimony side, they [ruling conservative group] stand up straight, cross their fingers behind their backs and declare straightfaced that they simply haven’t the money to spend on inessentials like road crossing patrols and libraries.
Yet it was just before Christmas that they spent literally hundreds of thousands of pounds on setting up Suffolk Circle, a membership-based social enterprise that had apparently worked well in Southwark. (Where, I would suggest, there is less sense of social cohesion and a greater turnover of population than in Suffolk).
Page, the Lib Dem councillor for Woodbridge, has more examples in her full post.
Suffolk Circle has been given £3/4 million over three years (see my previous post Taxpayers taking the ‘risk” out of being an “entrepreneur”.)