Westminster Council’s decision to axe the entire £350,000 a year arts and culture budget over the next two years shows the desperate state of the Council’s finances under the Conservatives.
How can it be that one of the richest Councils in the country claims that it can no longer support the arts and culture and has to use the money to feed the elderly and keep the meals on wheels service going?
Conservative Councillor Melvyn Caplan told the local press;
“If we had not reduced arts commissioning, then an alternative would have been to take money from our meals on wheels service.”
Just a few years ago the Council had over £80 million in reserve. But now most of that money has gone and the Conservatives have brought the Council’s finances to rock bottom.
This is the Council that makes a £50 million a year profit from its parking service and yet says the only way it can keep the meals on wheels service going is to scrap support for the arts and culture.
What a shower of incompetents!
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg
Leader of the Labour Group