Newcastle blueprint

2013-11-12 00:00

THERE is much more to the success of Newcastle than its string of recent awards and its budget health.

Yesterday, The Witness revealed how this council has banned perks and wasteful costs for itself, including no more publicly funded catering at meetings, and no paper agendas. According to its mayor, Afzul Rehman, its initial budget reform blitz saved one eighth of its entire operational budget, with sensible cuts to everything from needless tractor repair to unnecessary courier fees.

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