An expensive absurdity in a time of deprivation

News from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:

“Taxpayers paid more than £175,000 to maintain and renovate the Lieutenant Governor’s house, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

It showed running costs, before VAT, including maintenance, oil and electricity stood at £32,226.53 between April 2016 and March 2017.

Over five years more than £144,000 was spent on renovations at Government House where Sir Richard Gozney lives.

The Celtic League’s Bernard Moffatt said the money spent is “horrendous”.

“In a time when the number of people using food banks in the Isle of Man is on the rise it is an absurdity,” he said.

“It’s a ridiculous amount when there is increasing deprivation in our community.

“Some people can’t afford to heat their homes – some don’t even have a home – so these figures do astonish me.”

Full report here from the BBC at this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41844522

Image: No it’s not the pantry at Government House it is one of the growing number of foodbanks in Mann.

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League

02/11/17

 

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