Spending on temporary staff at Corby Council criticised

Conservative politicians in Corby have criticised Corby Council for spending �355,000 on temporary workers between July 2013 and November 2014
Conservative politicians in Corby have criticised Corby Council for spending �355,000 on temporary workers between July 2013 and November 2014

Conservative politicians in Corby have criticised Corby Council for spending £355,000 on temporary workers between July 2013 and November 2014.

The figures were obtained through a Freedom of Information request.

Tom Pursglove, Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate for Corby, said: “Wasting millions on the Cube overspend is bad enough without the insult of throwing another £350,000 down the tubes.

“Rather than wasting money in this manner, I would prefer to see a council tax cut for every local family.”

Cllr David Sims said: “It is unbelievable this money, contributed by hardworking Corby taxpayers, has been splurged by the Labour-led Council.”

Tom Beattie, Labour leader of Corby Council, said: “It is surprising the Conservatives have used a Freedom of Information request to ‘slam’ Corby Council for this spend as these figures are openly presented every six months. An FoI request was a waste of time and council resources. Our preference is for directly employed employees.

“However, the use of temporary workers, where appropriate, provides flexibility for us to meet service demands or allows us to bring in specialist skills, something we have been previously criticised for not doing.

“If we look in detail at the spend we can see that in the last year the highest cost was actually on agency workers which were needed to deal with the mass of work produced around the introduction of Welfare Reform, something that was introduced by central government.”