Birmingham city councillors will no longer be given a slap-up monthly dinner at taxpayers’ expense under plans unveiled by the new ruling Labour group.
The two-course feast, which costs £15,178 per year to provide at nine council meetings, is being scrapped.
Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said he wanted to cut the monthly meeting from the six hours-plus it is at present, to four-and-a-half.
“There will be no need for the council tea,” he said, “There will be a brief comfort break in the meeting instead.”
A number of councillors already opt out of the meal and bring their own sandwiches as they believe it a waste of public money at a time when budgets are stretched.
Last year the councillors gave up their first soup and roll course to save £4,000 from the annual bill.
A typical meal would be sausage and mash or lasagne main, followed by a fruit salad or sticky toffee pudding desert.
Four years ago three young Tory councillors, Peter Smallbone, Matt Bennett and Gareth Compton, gave up their dinner and asked for the money saved to be donated to 26th Regiment Royal Artillery regiment which has close ties to Birmingham.