Thursday, March 05 2009
Welsh Conservatives have accused Labour and Plaid Cymru ministers of feathering their own nest while preparing to cut funding for public services in Wales.
The comments come after it emerged the Assembly Government plans to spend £42 million refurbishing its headquarters in Cathays Park, Cardiff.
The news comes at a time when around £500 million could be slashed from the Assembly's budget next year, hitting spending on schools, hospitals and local government.
Commenting, Welsh Conservative Assembly leader Nick Bourne AM said:
"At a time when the Assembly Government is set to cut £500 million from public services in Wales it is astonishing that ministers think it's acceptable to spend tens of millions of pounds feathering their own nest.
And he stressed, "This is spectacular own goal which exposes the rank hypocrisy of Assembly Government ministers. On the one hand they are calling on councils and public bodies to tighten their belts, yet on the other are more than happy to spend huge amounts of public money on refurbishing their own HQ and filling it with new desks and chairs.
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