At the June Cabinet meeting, Harrow Council's Labour leadership announced that it will spend £4.4 million on HR rather than investing in services for local people.
The £4.4 million was generated through the sale of houses built on the former Waxwell Lane Car Park in Pinner and from the sale of Haslam House, the former children's home, in Honeypot Lane.
These funds should have been used to invest in and improve local services, not to further bloat the Council's back office operations. Due to Labour's political decision, residents in Pinner and Honeypot Lane have lost a car park and a children's home with no clear benefit for their communities.
Cllr Paul Osborn, Leader of Harrow's Conservative Councillors said:
"I’m sure the people of Pinner are delighted to hear they’ve lost Waxwell Lane Car Park in order to fund greater HR and training in the Council.
Labour are making a political choice as to where they spend taxpayers money and I would maintain that some of the frontline services are where that money is needed, rather than the back of house services."
Cllr Janet Mote, Conservative spokesperson for Children, Schools and Young People said:
"It is a great shame that Harrow has lost a children's home and that the proceeds of the sale of Haslam House will be spent on funding back office HR rather than putting the money back into children services."