A COUNCILLOR wants politicians to start paying for their own Christmas parties.
Each political group on Kirklees Council has a Hospitality Allowance of £2,000 to spend on food and alcohol for festive parties.
But councillors will consider abolishing the spending at tomorrow’s monthly council meeting.
The motion has been submitted by the Green Party – which never claims the money.
Party leader Clr Andrew Cooper said: “It is a bizarre anachronism that political parties can spend up to £2,000 on alcohol and food for Christmas parties, usually inviting key party activists.
“Whenever I bring this up with other party leaders they say it’s a small amount in the council’s overall budget.
“They miss the principle – why should political groups be able to buy alcohol on the council tax?
“I can’t imagine many people supporting it at a time we are supposed to be looking for efficiencies.”