Brent Council tight-lipped over Olympic tickets stance

Ten other councils have turned down the offer to buy 100 2012 tickets, citing financial difficulties

Brent Council has refused to say whether they will take up an offer to buy 100 Olympic tickets for the 2012 games.

Ten London boroughs have so far announced that they won’t use tax payer’s money to buy the seats, citing financial difficulties. These include nearby Camden, Barnet and Harrow.

Yet despite deep cuts to the town hall’s coffers which has left Brent struggling to slash �100million from its budget by 2015, council chiefs have remained tight lipped as to whether they will fork out for the tickets.

Ticket prices vary, with the highest costing �2,012.

A Brent Council spokesman said: “We have received the offer of tickets but we have yet to make a decision as whether to take up this offer.”

More than six million Olympic tickets went on sale last week, and all 32 London boroughs have been offered an allocation of tickets to give out as they choose.

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The Labour-run administration has come under fire for ‘dithering’ over the decision, by Lib Dem councillors.

Cllr Jack Beck (Lib Dem: Dollis Hill) said: “This is a no brainer. I can’t see what the Labour Administration has to think about. They should just do the right thing and say no thanks.

“Using public money to buy tickets for councillors is just ridiculous. The tax payers of Brent have already paid for the games through their taxes, it’s just mad to expect them to pay for councillors and town hall chiefs to attend the games too.”

While Brent isn’t one of the five official Olympic boroughs, Wembley will play host to a number events including the football, gymnastics and badminton.

Council chiefs have until the end of March to decide whether to buy the tickets. Any not taken up will be offered to the public.