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McInnes slams shocking waste of public funds on Police Authority HQ

February 25, 2014 10:28 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have hit out at the shocking waste ofAlison McInnesAlison McInnes public funds by ministers after official papers revealed a building intended as headquarters for the Scottish Police Authority could be released, having remained empty since November 2012.

At a cost of £132,000 per annum it means that taxpayers will have paid around £220,000 for an empty building.

Scottish Police Authority board papers published this weekend have proposed to relinquish leases for Bremner House as the SPA headquarters are recommended to be located with Pacific Quay, Glasgow. This will mean that Bremner House will never have been used since Scottish ministers took out a lease on the SPA's behalf in November 2012.

SPA's current headquarters are based at Elphinstone House, Glasgow. The SPA papers indicate that formal notification has already been given to exercise a lease break option and vacate the premises by June 2014.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"This is an shocking waste of public funds. After signing the lease on behalf of the SPA, Kenny MacAskill should tell us why taxpayers have paid over £200,000 for an unoccupied building. This profligate use of taxpayers money stands at odds with the many police counters being closed to the public, frontline call centre closures and frontline job losses happening under the SNP's centralisation agenda.

"Kenny MacAskill should explain why he allowed this to happen on his watch."