LGA criticises ITN series on 'waste'

The Local Government Association has dismissed ITN's pending What a Waste coverage as a 'desperate attempt to scrabble for silly-season stories'.

ITN is planning a series of mini reports, analysing public sector projects accused of wasting taxpayers' money.

The coverage will not damage the LGA's ongoing efforts - being led by media director Ed Welsh - to build the reputation of local government, said chief media officer Richard Stokoe.

ITN has defended its forthcoming coverage. "The What a Waste series is thoroughly researched. The reports highlight projects that waste taxpayers' money - something viewers care deeply about. It is not silly, it's very serious," said press and publicity manager Saskia Worth.

A date for the series has yet to be set, said Worth. A pilot programme, on Bath Spa, was broadcast by ITN earlier in the year.

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