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SALFORD COUNCIL STAFF IN £230 PER NIGHT BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN SOUTH OF FRANCE SHOCK
 

Star date: 7th March 2017

CASH STRAPPED COUNCIL SENDS TWO STAFF TO 4-STAR CANNES HOTEL

Salford City Council has paid for two staff to stay at the 4-star 'boutique' Hotel Canberra in Cannes for a four day jaunt at a cost of £230-a-night each. As homeless rough sleeper numbers double in the city, the cost of £1,839 was just for the accommodation, excluding travel, expenses and staff time.

The staff attend the MIPIM property bash, famous for its posh parties, states Salford Council as "part of our work to continue to secure new investment in the city".

Full details here...


The 4-star 'boutique' Hotel Canberra in Cannes invites holiday makers to "treat yourself to a stay in a romantic hotel...during which you can enjoy the swimming pool, gym, lounge-bar and the restaurant..."

Located in the centre of Cannes and close to two beaches, the hotel is the furthest you can get away from Salford Travel Lodge as possible. And the MIPIM property bash, which takes place in March in the South of France, is famous for its champagne, yachts and parties.

Indeed, the Salford Star reported in 2010 how Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, partied at Urban Splash guru Tom Bloxham's opulent bubble house in the South of France during MIPIM - weeks before he took up his post as head of the public agency that dealt with affordable housing for which Urban Splash got grants (see here).

Salford Council accounts for December revealed two payments for £919.67 made out to the `Hotel Camberra' for staff travel. Intrigued, the Salford Star asked under the Freedom of Information Act if this was the `Hotel Canberra' in Cannes and what the purpose of the journey was.

Salford Council responded that "this cost is for accommodation at Hotel Camberra [still spelt wrong] for one member of staff for four days at the MIPIM conference in Cannes".

This works out at £230-a-night at the boutique hotel – and, given that there were two payments for the same amount, this means the cash-strapped Council forked out a total of £1,839 just for accommodation, excluding travel, expenses and staff time.

Salford Council added that "Salford participates in the MIPIM event as part of a Manchester delegation and it is part of our work to continue to secure new investment in the city."

One thing is for certain. Any 'investment' from international real estate dealers isn't going to be for social housing to help solve the increasing numbers of rough sleepers in the city.


See also previous Salford Star article – Salford Council Pays Over £2million in rent for empty offices owned by Legal and General – click here

Allotmentlad wrote
at 06:53:20 on 09 March 2017
If they go for three years and get one extra developer to build a block with 100 apartments in, that 100 lots of council tax every year for the next 50+ years. That seems like excellent value for money in my book. Not saying the other stuff the council get up to is ok but not going to get upset about this.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 11:13:30 on 08 March 2017
I know 'so angry' personally and every word she writes is true. The Cannes trip just adds insult to injury for her and others as the vulnerable (disabled children and adults) face cuts while Salford splashes the cash to attract 'investment'. More property developers who won't be paying planning fees, or building affordable homes? We've more of those kind than we need!
 
so angry wrote
at 06:35:03 on 08 March 2017
we have fostered for over 30 years now and are now adult carers for the same boys I love my job and believe me it is a good job I do I have never brought this to the publics notice but the more I am seeing these reports over the last few years it has made me more angry than ever I know only a percentage of our wages are given through the council and the other from what I know is with social services or was. Well from 2010 we have as adult carers never had one rise in our wages and I mean not one penny as been added to what we get for our care for our boy and yet I have have to watch all the money that is being wasted on things that will only be to the riches advantage I have never complained before because I have never thought of fostering as a job specially when you have had the same people for nearly 40 years I feel gutted as we have over the past few years realised we can no longer save it is a good job we love our sons because our job as they call it is not just a day job it is a 24 hour care and I can assure you we do not get paid extra for the nights and we don't ever get a nights sleep ,I have been in touch with our MP and she was true to her word and did what she could but when we got a letter to let us know why we haven't had a pay rise to me it was just a load of nonsense and it is supposed to still being looked into but from what I can gather it has been for over 6 years so I am going to be asking for a meeting with both council and social services I am so fed up of just being fobbed off well I wont be anymore ,if any other carers would like to help with trying to make our voices heard please get in touch with steve Kingston and he will give you my number xxx
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 20:32:18 on 07 March 2017
A clip from the article "Salford participates in the MIPIM event as part of a Manchester delegation and it is part of our work to continue to secure new investment in the city." - Just one question - WHICH CITY ? - the delegate made one fateful slip here - one that's been going on for years! I can see Salford Ratepayers forking out for projects they think will be in the city - but end up over the border instead. The Metrocounty should respect the name its been given else full merger talks should take place tomorrow (and I cant see the Trafford, bury or Bolton councils agreeing to that can you?)
 
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