Thursday, 13 June 2013
£3,400 booze up paid for by Barnet Ratepayers
Now, the reports I have had from staff who were at the event say that there was a free bar and that staff were led to believe that the Head of Revenues and Benefits, who is a consultant/interim, and another consultant would be picking up the bill. Some staff are indeed very upset that Council money was spent on the event and would not have participated if they had known it would be billed to the Council.
Looking at the Claddagh Ring's website it mentions that finger buffets start at £7.95 per head with the deluxe buffet at £19.95 per head. Given that there are only 126 FTE staff (so maybe 150 in total) that works out at over £22/head. From what I hear there was a little food available but the main incentive appeared to be a free bar.
I have no problem with team building events as such and have been on many in my former corporate days - but they were not paid out of the public purse at a time when all budget are being cut. I think it is also offensive to the staff to mislead them about who was paying for the event. This shows a serious error of judgement and needs to be investigated further.
Come on Richard Cornelius tell me this £3,400 booze up was not paid for by ratepayer.