Mark Littlewood is quoted in the Daily Telegraph
Nearly 100 councils spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on engaging celebrities including Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood, two judges on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as well as BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time judge Bob Flowerdew and survival TV star Ray Mears over the past four years.
The celebrities were paid thousands of pounds for a wide range of activities ranging from turning on Christmas lights, opening the salmon fishing season in Scotland, and even hosting an event to highlight council budget cuts.
Mark Littlewood, the director general of the Institute for Economic Affairs, said: “It will be a bitter pill to swallow for hard-pressed families to learn that their money is being frivolously spent on paying B-list celebrities thousands of pounds to cut ribbons and switch on lights.
“At a time when taxpayers are facing some of the biggest council tax hikes in more than 10 years, politicians are totally failing to appropriately prioritise spending.”
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