Labour-Plaid to press ahead with Cathays Park refurbishment

It would seem that the Labour-Plaid Government are determined to press ahead with their controversial £42 million refurbishment of the Assembly's Cathays Park offices, despite accusations of insensitivity over the use of public funds at a time of recession,

According to the sell2wales website, "the Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of The Welsh Ministers (The Client), requires a provider of Architectural Services to inform its development of change proposals and Outline Business Case for the modernisation of its core asset in Cathays Park, Cardiff"

The estimated cost of this 'exercise' is, according to the tender document, "in the region of £60K - £80K".

Do you believe that tens of thousands of pounds will be spent on an exercise that will not result in what Ministers and civil servants want?

No, nor do I.

Civil servants may argue that it is the correct business decision and could create some efficiencies gains, but the disproportionate cost will not resonate with the tens of thousands of Welsh workers who have lost their jobs during the last few months only to see politicians and civil servants feathering their own nests first.

At the very least, any such plans should be shelved until we come through the worst recession since the Second World War.

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