London, Jan 15 (ANI): The Barmy council bosses' decision to grant paid leave for staff to have boob jobs has been condemned by critics, who claim that the move is a wastage of taxpayers' money.
As part of a Life Choices policy, workers could take the time off apart from their holidays to have liposuction, Botox and other cosmetic surgery.
However, critics claim that the scheme is blowing public money while the country struggles to cope with the recession.
They insist staff should use their paid holidays if they want to have surgery to enhance their assets.
"No-one would begrudge time off for ill-health or important medical treatment," the Daily star quoted Eric Pickles, 56, Tory Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, as saying.
He added: "But at a time when private sector jobs are increasingly insecure, taxpayers will be sceptical about forking out for paid leave so town hall workers can have boob jobs. This is yet another sign of Left-wing town halls wasting our money."
However, a spokesman for Tameside Council, Gtr Manchester, where the policy is to operate, said: "Tameside is a top performer for the management of sickness absence.
"The guidance is aimed at finding the best balance when managing absences between providing our employees with the most appropriate support and providing best value to local council taxpayers.
"Medical absences may occur where, for example, someone could be having reconstructive surgery following treatment for breast cancer."
According to reports, the scheme may be approved next Tuesday. (ANI)