Tea ladies could be axed at Fenland District Council

Tea ladies at a Cambridgeshire council could be scrapped in bid to save thousands of pounds.

At present part-time staff at Fenland District Council come around with tea trolleys two or three times a day - serving tea, coffee and soft drinks.

The service, which has four part-time employees, costs about £33,000 a year.

The council's staff committee is looking at making the post redundant as part of a drive to save money, as the government cuts spending.

Alan Melton, leader of the Conservative-controlled council, said: "When I walk into Fenland Hall the ladies are all there with a cheerful smile.

"They say 'hello is it the usual tea with no sugar?' I say 'yes' and a cup of tea is thrust into my hand. That's something I'm going to miss.

"But we're asking staff and council tax payers to make sacrifices and unfortunately we have to do the same.

"I said before Christmas we have to lead from the front and council tax payers will expect nothing less."

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