Councillors in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have been criticised for spending tax-payers’ money on public speaking lessons, revealed by a Freedom of Information request.
The Docklands and East London Advertiser report:
Public speaking lessons for elected members of cash-strapped Tower Hamlets Council have been costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds, it has emerged.
Councillors received lessons from external coaches – including from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – at a cost of almost £5,500 since 2004.
Training is provided as a matter of course for members who accept ceremonial roles, with bills for some coaching sessions running to almost £2,000.
The figures, released following a Freedom of Information request, have triggered criticism as the Town Hall seeks £100million in savings over four years.