Group questions Glasgow Council spend on royal visit

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Republic Scotland has written to Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, to ask him why the council spent almost £150,000 entertaining the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for a morning.

According to the group, a Freedom of Information request revealed that the council spent £149,207 on the visit by the Queen on 4th July this year.

The amount spent by Glasgow eclipses the total spent by every other council combined.  The four other local authorities visited by the Queen, including Edinburgh, where the royal family stayed for the week, spent a total £102,893.

Paul Leinster, chair of Republic Scotland said: “In the past two years Glasgow City Council has cut 3000 jobs, frozen wages and cut front line services such as free breakfast clubs in primary schools, it therefore defies belief that such a large sum of money would be spent entertaining the Queen and her husband for a few hours.”

The letter to Mr Matheson asks for an explanation of the sum, along with a breakdown of how the money was spent.