Saturday, 2 April 2016

An Appropriate Use of Money?

A few months ago, readers may remember that I brought you the story of the decision by Southend's Public Health Team's decision to spend over £3,000 sponsoring the Southend Utd v Blackpool fixture earlier this season.

This decision was made despite the Public Health Team making £500,000 in year savings. At the last Place Scrutiny Committee meeting, it was confirmed by the Portfolio Holder and officers that the decision to sponsor this fixture was to encourage people to quite smoking.

You can imagine the astonishment, when at the same meeting, appearing on page 3 of a list of all the targets that the Council has failed to meet, was the target that the Council has for the number of people going through the quit smoking programme.

Was this an appropriate use of taxpayers money?

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