Figures released by County Hall confirm suspicions of creative accounting. Tories have been claiming that Snibston costs £900k a year to run. The actual cost of running Snibston Discovery Museum in 2013/14 was £331,342.
Along with other Museums, Snibston has to take a share of the back office costs. Museums like the Melton Carnegie see their costs inflated by 20% to take account of this share, their costs rising from by a third from £87,037 to £115,332.
The same figure for Snibston is unaccountably inflated by a disproportionate 136%.
Dr Terri Eynon says, "The Tories have now admitted that the figures they have quoted for running Snibston are more than double the actual cost. They have loaded the budget with nearly half a million of pounds worth of internal bureaucracy. It is not clear how they can magic these costs away by shutting Snibston's doors on the 31st July.
"None of Leicestershire's museums exists in isolation. Each requires curatorial support to keep its accreditation and the whole Service's accreditation status intact. This budget suggests that, once Snibston is gone, the rest will be allowed to wither away."
Jamie McMahon, Labour's parliamentary candidate says, "I am appalled that these figures have only been published after the Cabinet decision. It is all the more important for people to show their support for Snibston at the rally on Wednesday 18th before the debate at Full Council"
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