Council’s Garden Party Visits To Continue Despite Cutbacks

Buckingham PalaceThe Council will continue to fund visits to Buckingham Palace garden parties for councillors and their partners, which are held three times a year.

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough objected. He felt that funding the trips was wrong when the Authority was having to to cut back expenditure.

He feels members should fund their own travel from their allowance.

But Council Chairman Amanda Martin disagreed. Amanda says attending the Queen’s event is a thank you for the hard work of members, which often goes unseen.

Cllr Christine Savill also wanted islanders to continue to attend. She said it’s not just “a jolly” and people are going to represent Scilly.

Cllr Marian Bennett shared the view that attending the parties helped the profile of Scilly and was an opportunity for social networking. She added it was “churlish” to turn down invitations.

Although members don’t have to claim the cost of the trip, Amanda Martin wanted to make sure their expenses would still be reimbursed so less financially well-off members could still go to the royal events.

Four people had been entitled to reclaim travel and accommodation costs for each event in recent years. Now just two people, one Council representative and their guest, may claim.

Cllr Adrian Davis was chosen to attend the next one.

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