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It's clear the Tories have their priorities all wrong.

Walsall taxpayers are set to foot the bill for a £200,000 Tory refurbishment of the council chamber, according to budget documents published this week.

The move comes as the Tories are set to slash Walsall’s spending power, bringing total cuts in the borough to an eye-watering £190million since 2010.

The taxpayer funded renovation to the Walsall Council estate will also see new air conditioning fitted in Tory leader Councillor Mike Bird’s office.

Cllr Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Labour Group, said:

“At a time when people in Walsall are seeing council services slashed, it beggars belief that the Tories are planning a taxpayer funded refurbishment of the council chamber.

“When the Tories vote in further cuts to Walsall’s budget this week, they will do so knowing they will be sitting on refurbished chairs in 12 months time.

“That might cushion the blow for them, but not for Walsall residents.

“It’s clear the Tories have their priorities all wrong.

“Residents will rightly be asking if that £200,000 could be spent on saving services from their slash and burn budget.

“Under Labour Walsall balanced the books, stabilising council finances and preparing our borough for the future.

“Only a vote for Labour councillors in May’s local elections will put Walsall back on the right track.”

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