Finally, the mainstream media has picked up on the fact that London's most deprived borough has spent £18.7m on the cost of the design and décor at the council's offices at Newham Dockside. As we already know, the local authority, which is about to embark on a swathe of cuts in public services, also runs the most expensive council festival in London and, with the Newham Mag, has a fortnightly rag that costs more than any other in the capital.
It's just a shame it has taken an London regional award by a trade body dedicated to "best practice in all aspects of the office sector" for this news to finally reach a wider audience!
From the BBC News website
Cost of giving Newham Council the 'wow factor'
By Ed Davey BBC News, London
London's most expensive council-funded festival, offices with the "wow factor" costing £18.7m and an in-house newspaper costing more than £500,000 a year.
As local authorities digest a 26% funding cut, BBC London examines the outlay in one of the UK's most deprived boroughs.
One critic said the offices resembled a "five star hotel or West End nightclub"
With its reflective floor and designer bird's nest light fittings, Newham Council's new back office looks impressive.
Last week's spending review ushered in an age of austerity for local authorities, ordered to make 7.1% savings annually for four years.
But at Newham Council staff are celebrating winning a top award from the British Council for Offices.
Judges called it an "outstanding transformational workplace environment", saying the "innovative, lively and colourful design contributed to a dynamic environment".
Daniel Windor, of interior designers Sheppard Robson, who carried out the work, said: "You have to have the 'wow factor' in that environment. You need to give it a bit of sparkle or it will fall flat."