The Green Party has cried foul on Stroud District Council's decision
to allocate five times as much money to celebrating the Queen's
diamond jubilee and the Olympic Games this year than to tackling
"With government cuts to benefits and policies that are creating more
unemployment and therefore more homeless people, it is galling to see
councillors allocating £50,000 to celebrate events that already have
millions of pounds being thrown at them nationally and only a paltry
£10,000 to tackling homelessness," said Stroud Mayor John Marjoram,
who is also Green Party councillor for Trinity ward.
"It shows the contempt with which the Conservatives hold the poor."