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Officials rapped for hotel stay bill

By Critical_Conformity     Feb 9, 2007 in Politics
SENIOR executives at Daventry District Council have come under fire after running up a £1,300 bill for an overnight stay at a hotel only six miles from their offices.
A group of them were taking part in a 2 day training course at a hotel, near Daventry.
The management consultant's fee for the 'Change and You' seminar was £4,200, but an extra £1,300 was spent on hotel accommodation and facilities charges, all paid for through a combination of grants and taxpayers' money.
Daventry District Council has defended the overnight stay, claiming it was "deliberate to facilitate team-building".
In a statement, a council spokesman said: "To deliver the above change programme the corporate management team needs to receive suitable training and be equipped with the necessary skills to manager and implement the planned changes.
The move is under attack from many icluding Councillor Penny Price who said: "Why could the consultant not have done this at the council offices? Why did it have to be at the hotel? There are some big rooms at the council offices; nine people would not need a conference suite.
"What really annoys me is when they want the money for something they can find it but when it's somebody else they can't. I would have thought it could have been done cheaper." were some other comments made.
I personally agree with the above statements for any government in this world. And has for a hotel to stay - could they not find a cheaper hotel in the area somewhere.
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