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New £36k "official" car for council Chairman

 
Created on 04/07/2017 @ 07:20
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The decision by Powys County Council to buy its new Chairman a brand new car at the cost of £36,000 has been branded as a “total waste of money” by a fellow councillor.

Cllr Dai Davies has been given the keys to an Audi A6 SE Executive 2.0 TDi Ultra despite a claim that the previous Chairman’s Skoda only had 5,000 miles on the clock.

The Council Leader said that the new car was required as Cllr Davies has special physical requirements which require specific adaptation that were not available on the previous vehicle.

That has still not stopped Montgomeryshire councillor, Cllr Elwyn Vaughan, from voicing his anger.

“Total waste of money and insulting and insensitive to the people of Powys,” he said.
“At a time of austerity, continued cuts, communities losing services, such action as this in purchasing an expensive car for the benefit of a single person is insensitive, insulting and shows total ignorance of the challenges many in our communities face.

“It is particularly insulting to staff, who only this week have been refused by the Government to have a pay increase beyond 1% and yet see the Chairman of the Council who employs them have the luxury of a new executive car.

“If the Chairman or any other officers need to go to civic functions then there are plenty of pool cars available within the authority that can be used, after all if they are good enough for staff they are good enough for councillors.

“Such action as this is nothing more than self-importance gone mad and we need a cultural change away from such attitude.”

But in defence, Powys County Council Leader, Councillor Rosemarie Harris, said: “The role of Chairman of Powys County requires a car to carry out civic duties effectively. The current chairman has special physical requirements which require specific adaptation that were not available on the previous vehicle.

“The council investigated a number of financial options including annual hire, lease and purchase, with outright purchase taken up because it was the most cost-effective and provided the best value for money for the authority.”


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