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Ball may have caused ‘serious reputational damage’ to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

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The handling of the finances of the mayor’s ball may have caused the combined authority “serious reputational harm” as Conservative councillors hit out at scrutiny chairwoman.

Mayor James Palmer.
Mayor James Palmer.

Last year, £16,000 of taxpayer’s money was spent on a private ball for PTSD999, a social enterprise which raises money for service men and women suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

James Palmer, the mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, who hosted the ball, defended the event. But some were less certain. Last month Patrick Arran, the authority’s interim legal counsel and monitoring officer, said he would look further into the rules after claims the authority had effectively “underwritten” the event with public cash.

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