London, June 6(ANI): The 2012 London Olympics chiefs have shelled out 20,000 pounds to an interior designing firm, Pringle Brandon, that tells them where to put desks in their offices.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has paid Pringle Brandon around 5,000 pounds a year for four years for its advice on how to divide up open-plan workspaces, and where it would be best to put desks.
“These payments date back to 2006 when the ODA was first established. The payment was made for work on the configuration of our offices in Canary Wharf,” The Daily Star quoted an ODA spokesman, as saying.
Meanwhile, Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, slammed the decision and said: “It’s bonkers to pay people so much money just to set out the desks.”
“We pay the ODA’s managers a fortune and they should be up to managing the office themselves. It’s small wonder the Olympics have run so far over budget,” Elliott added.
However, a spokesman for Pringle Brandon said that their clients hire them due to their efficiency to provide well-designed offices. (ANI)