Two Newcastles

February 14, 2008 3:06 PM

Another example of ludicrous managerial incompetence.  Why on Earth should we trust these people with children's education, our healthcare and our money?

"Bungling Whitehall officials got their Newcastles mixed up and gave £2.7 million meant for the North East city to its namesake in the Potteries.


Newcastle-under-Lyme, population 74,000, was handed the cash instead of Newcastle upon Tyne, the regional capital of the North East. And the Staffordshire market town is refusing to hand back its windfall from the Department for Communities and Local Government, saying it was accepted in good faith.


"We assumed it was in recognition of the work we've done to encourage business," said Simon Tagg, the borough council leader."

Another example of ludicrous managerial incompetence.  Why on Earth should we trust these people with children's education, our healthcare and our money?

"Bungling Whitehall officials got their Newcastles mixed up and gave £2.7 million meant for the North East city to its namesake in the Potteries.


Newcastle-under-Lyme, population 74,000, was handed the cash instead of Newcastle upon Tyne, the regional capital of the North East. And the Staffordshire market town is refusing to hand back its windfall from the Department for Communities and Local Government, saying it was accepted in good faith.


"We assumed it was in recognition of the work we've done to encourage business," said Simon Tagg, the borough council leader."

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