It's a council that's trying to shed 465 jobs in an effort to save cash. It has also imposed an above-inflation increase on its taxpayers.You just know there’s a big ‘But…’ coming, don’t you?
However, officials at Derby City Council still managed to find £28,000 so 85 headteachers could have a get-together at a luxurious health spa.Ah, there it is…
Mark Wallace, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, added: 'This is an utterly indulgent location. It's particularly absurd given that the council owns plenty of facilities itself.So, why didn’t they use those facilities then?
'When local taxpayers are struggling in the recession and schoolchildren are still not meeting the required standards, there are far higher priorities for our money.'
A spokesman defended the extravagant location, saying council-owned buildings would have been inadequate.Gah..!?
You mean, the taxpayers of Derby haven’t allowed you to build anything as extravagant as a luxury spa to hold your back-patting sessions in? Why, that’s an outrage, so it is…
He said: 'This was a training and development event, not a conference. It gave headteachers the chance to share good practice and improve pupils' achievements.Oh, the poor deprived darlings!
'Hoar Cross was the nearest place without too much travelling. It was the cheapest viable option. If anyone-chose to use spa facilities that weren't included in the cost of the room, they had to do so with their own money.'
Alison Woodhouse, headmistress of St Peter's Junior School, in Derby, attended the conference.Excellent!
She said: 'If you take teachers to a rubbish place to learn, they are not relaxed. We are only human after all. I didn't go to the spa but I left the conference feeling re-energised.'
Well, £ 28,000 of taxpayer’s cash is worth it then, if Alison is now feeling ‘reenergised’….