Tories sneer after Labour admits sums don’t add up

A ROUTINE financial report from Kirklees’ Labour Cabinet had to be withdrawn after Tories discovered inaccuracies in the calculations.

The Labour leadership had already officially approved annual financial results and was asking a full council meeting to endorse an overspend of almost £3m, which it wanted to offset by using reserves.

But when Conservative councillor Michael Watson questioned the accuracy of the figures, the debate was suspended and the report withdrawn. 

Conservative group leader Coun David Hall (Liversedge & Gomersal) said: “This illustrates what we have been saying since Labour took control. They are not fit to run the council. Under them, local facilities have been closed, essential services are in crisis and the Government is intervening to ensure that some of our most vulnerable citizens are protected.

“Now they have illustrated that they can’t manage the books. What’s more frightening is that the same figures were approved by a public meeting of the Cabinet.”

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “In the report to full council, there was a very small number of typing errors in a small number of columns.

“There were no knock-on effects on the rest of the information within the tables, and the actual totals and subtotals in the report are accurate.

“The figures consolidated in the accounts are accurate, and so the recommendation to council and the overall financial position of the council is as reported.

“We would like to apologise for the typing errors which meant that councillors could not independently check the figures themselves. The report will be corrected and brought to a future council meeting.”

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