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In an age of austerity there is always the question of what we can afford, councillors have to make choices often difficult ones about what services need to be cut affecting services to local people and as in Rotherham this year cutting jobs.
Below you will find the response to an FOI request regarding the cost of the Mayor’s Banquet. For everybody who is either paying more for a local service or seen cuts affecting their local area you’ll be pleased to know Rotherham MBC can still find £8,937 to spend on their feast.
That cost as well is just what Aston Hall Hotel charged you also need to add onto this the amount of time spent by officers organising as we say in Thrybergh t’do.
Now councillors will argue t’do is important for helping raise money and the profile of the mayors charity. Last year the charity raised £47,000 so basically for every £5 raised it cost the tax payer a £1. So why not boost the charity raising a bit by scrapping t’do?
They will also argue in the scale of the council budget its not a great amount, but these little things keep adding up and ultimately its a question of leadership by example, if you can afford a shindig for the towns high and mighty you can afford a youth centre in Thrybergh, you can afford to provide bus passes for children attending Blackburn school and you can afford not to scrap Kimberworth Park or any other library under threat.
From: FreedomofInformation <Freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk>
Date: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM
Subject: Response to your Freedom of Information request
Dear Mr Sylvester
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information 156
I refer to your request for information dated 5th June 2012. Please find our response below.
1. The cost of the Civic Dinner held at Aston Hall Hotel on Friday May 18th 2012?
I can confirm the charges made by Aston Hall Hotel in respect of the Civic Dinner were £8,937.
2. The numbers of persons attending?
221 people attended.
3. The number of elected members attending plus their spouses, partners or other guest attending on the same invitation?
55 members attended with a guest.
This figure includes retiring members plus newly elected members.
In accordance with the procedures of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC), I am advising you that the cost to the authority in responding to this request has been £28.27 which reflects the staff time and administration costs involved. RMBC however does not currently make any charge to customers for processing Freedom of Information Act requests.
If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an internal review by the Council. Please contact us via the above email address or by post to Sarah Corbett, Information Governance Manager, Legal Services, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE.
If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. Contact details are: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Telephone 01625 545700. Alternatively go to http://www.ico.gov.uk/
Access to Information Officer
Information Governance Unit
Legal Services, 1st Floor, Riverside House
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
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Thanks to the growing band of Borough Councillors using Twitter, it was possible to follow events as they unfolded today in the Council Chamber.
The new Mayor? Dave Pickering, the new Deputy Mayor? John Foden.
Mayors Dinner tonight, a few tweets to give us a flavour of events, would be most appreciated.