THE muttering inside Camden’s Labour group is back. Members have been told that after all the cutting and budget-squeezing chopping, there is actually an £11 million underspend in the Town Hall’s coffers. This doesn’t necessarily play well among councillors who have gone back to their wards and tried to front out cuts to public services as simply a central government assault.
The underspend will be explained as a way of cushioning the likelihood of demands from up high to cut back even further in the coming years. The static, however, increased within the group when members were asked if a bit of this £11 million could be borrowed to put the first payment down on Camden’s planned new headquarters in King’s Cross. This has always been a controversial move among a section of the group who believe the council will look a little indulgent opening new offices for itself when are services are being hacked back. Those for it continue to say the business case in their side.