The Liberal Democrats have slammed Labour after it has emerged that none of a quarter of a million pound put aside at last year’s budget for Living Wage Business Rate Relief has been allocated this financial year.
An additional £185k put aside for “Bringing empty shops back into use” has also gone unspent.
The Living Wage Business Rate Relief fund was meant to discount the business rates of small businesses and charities in Sheffield to encourage them to pay a living wage to employees.
Cllr. Penny Baker, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Finance and Resources said
“Living Wage Business Rate Relief is a great idea to help small local business and some of Sheffield’s lowest paid workers, but clearly it’s only worth doing if the money actually gets spent. This is just another example of how Labour in Sheffield are all talk and no action.”
“Labour are spending £1.4m a year on Communications staff, so it is sheer incompetence from the Labour leadership that they have failed to advertise this scheme and find any takers.”
“In these difficult times £435,000 could have gone a long way to helping people. Labour need to be making sure that every penny of taxpayer money gets spent in the best way.”