Council to spend 4k on Burn’s Night Grubb

By Amy O’Donnell and Megan Berkley
The Lord Provost’s proposed spend of £4,000 on a Burn’s supper has come under attack.
Councillors have called the feast “inappropriate” at a time of growing unemployment in Edinburgh.
Green councillor Steve Burgess said: “I feel that in the climate of cuts and school closures that the council are facing, it wouldn’t be appropriate to spend that on a dinner.”

This will be the second year that the council will host the “lavish” Burn’s supper, after last year’s 250th anniversary as part of the government’s Homecoming Scotland events. Grubb will invite councillors and business people to join him for the 2009 celebration.

Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive at the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “While it is a nice idea to have a Burn’s Night celebration, lavish dinners should not be a spending priority at a time when taxpayers’ money is incredibly tight.”

Mr Elliot added: “Local and central government are facing the harsh reality of cuts in public spending, and entertainment costs should be the first to face the axe.”

The Lord Provost’s spokesperson said he was unavailable for comment.

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