WASTE WATCHERS - Day 23: £5m car hire bill

2011 Ebrill 26 12:06 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose an example of the waste and inefficiency of Labour and Plaid Cymru in government on each day of the Welsh general election campaign.

It was revealed in 2009 that the Labour-led governmnet had spent £5 million on hire cars between 2004-2008 , an average of £1million pounds a year. The Welsh Liberal Democrats had to request this information by using the Freedom of Information Act as the former First Minister had failed to supply them through normal channels.

After the Welsh Liberal Democrats exposed the staggering spend on hire cars for civil servants, the Labour-Plaid government ordered a review and the following years spend was nearly halved.

The yearly spend on hire cars was 2004- £958,708

2005- £990,699

2006 -£924,123

2007- £1,188,367 (Labour-Plaid Coalition)

2008- £1,046,613 (Labour-Plaid Coalition)

2009- £653,963 (Labour-Plaid Coalition)

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat South Wales West Assembly Candidate said:

"At a time when businesses and families were having to make cuts to their own budgets, the Welsh Liberal Democrats were concerned that the Labour-Plaid government was spending money like there was no tomorrow and spending a million pounds a year on civil servant hire cars was excessive.

"We highlighted this expense to the Welsh government and we were pleased when the bill for 2009's car hire had been halved. Labour and Plaid sought to conceal this waste. If Welsh Liberal Democrats hadn't exposed this extortionate spending, it is likely it would have continued unchecked.

"We have long warned this government to rein in on their spending as we go through difficult economic times. I am glad that we were able to highlight this issue and force the Labour - Plaid government to make savings in this area."

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