UK authorities slammed expensive renovations for press briefings

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LONDON (AP) – The federal government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is criticized for spending 2.6million kilos ($ 3.6million) to renovate a part of a authorities constructing for TV information briefs that failed haven’t but taken place.

The price of the work at 9 Downing St., two doorways down from the Prime Minister’s residence, was reported by the Press Affiliation information company on Friday after submitting an entry to data request.

The federal government stated the spending included “audiovisual tools, web infrastructure, electrical works and lighting.”

He stated the spending was within the public curiosity as a result of the reveals “will improve public accountability and transparency relating to the work of this authorities now and sooner or later.”

Opposition Labor Social gathering accused authorities of spending cash on ‘vainness tasks’ as healthcare staff, who endured a yr of pandemic, had been instructed they’d obtain a increase wage of 1%.

Johnson’s Conservative authorities in July introduced plans to shake up its political communications by internet hosting televised briefings on the White Home. For years, political journalists have been briefed on the case, albeit off digital camera, by authorities spokespersons.

Johnson stated the format would permit the federal government to have extra “direct engagement” with the general public.

Former journalist Allegra Stratton was employed because the Prime Minister’s press secretary to ship the briefings, however their begin date has been repeatedly delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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