BRENT Council has decided not to accept an offer to buy up to 100 Olympic tickets.
Council leader, Ann John OBE, said it would not have been acceptable to purchase the tickets at a time when the local authority is making severe cuts to services.
She explained: "In the current economic climate, using tax payers' money on 100 tickets is not acceptable. There would also have been the problem of what to do with the tickets. We would not have wanted them to go to senior members of staff at the council but then how would we have allocated them across the borough?
"Do you give them to young people or older people or to those who do good community work? The whole thing would have been fraught with complications so we took the conscious decision not to purchase the tickets."
Each of London's 32 borough councils were offered an allocation of tickets, ranging in price from £75 each to £995 each. But they were also given strict orders not to give them away as prizes in competitions.
Harrow Council has also agreed not be buy any tickets for the Games.
Tickets for the London 2012 Olympics went on sale earlier this month, 500 days ahead of the event. Some 6.6 million tickets are available from the London 2012 website over a six-week period.
Prices range from £20 to £2,012 and oversubscribed events will be decided by a ballot.
To apply for tickets visit www.tickets.london2012.com