West Midlands MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge have blasted the “blatant blowing” of hundreds of thousands of pounds on the anti-democratic push to create a combined Birmingham and Black Country authority.
The UKIP MEPs say the “squandering” of £350,000 on the “regionalisation rush” to establish the supra authority is a gross insult to taxpayers.
It has also emerged that a further £250,000 could be pumped into the controversial scheme.
Commenting today, James Carver MEP, said: “I am appalled that hundreds of thousands of pounds has been squandered on this regionalisation rush to create a combined Birmingham and Black Country authority when councils have, and continue to make, cuts to services.
“The priority should be on providing excellent frontline services and not on pushing ahead with a scheme for a supra authority which could also be headed up by a Metro Mayor.”
Bill Etheridge MEP, said: “The blatant blowing of hundreds of thousands of pounds on this disgraceful despoiler of local democracy is a gross insult to taxpayers.
“For the seven West Midlands metropolitan local authorities to each spend £50,000 on this power grab from the people is absolutely outrageous.”