UK local government’s lavish spending revealed

| 17/06/2013

burning_money1.jpg(Daily Mail): Britain's council bosses are lavishing millions in taxpayers' cash on chauffeur-driven cars and jet-setting trips, an investigation has found. The astonishing spending includes five-star jaunts across the globe, the use of luxury chauffeured Bentleys, Jaguars and BMWs, and even private golf lessons for council staff. One local authority used their taxpayer-funded charge cards to buy pedicures. The spending was uncovered by Channel 4's Dispatches 'How Councils Waste Your Money' and comes despite cash-strapped local authorities imposing deep cuts to social care and services.

The investigation found:

More than £30million spent ferrying around town hall top brass in chauffeured cars in five years.
Almost £4million spent on trips abroad to countries including Brazil, Australia and Jamaica.
One council spent £23,000 employing a twinning ambassador to a picturesque French town.
Councillors using payment cards on luxury hotels and lavish meals at celebrity restaurants.
Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles slammed the high spending at a time of deepening austerity. He said: 'I can pretty much tell you now that money spent on golf lessons by local authorities, or pedicures, is not wisely spent.'

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  1. Anonymous says:

    WOW! These folks must have been taking lessons from a certain West Bay politician!

    • Anonymous says:

      Why would they have to take lessons from anyone? To each his own. This type of lifestyle was around long before we were born. Don't you see all the hardship and unemployment problems that they are experiencing in the UK and elsewhere?

      The comments on these articles are always so negative that it is hard to find something that is inspiring.

      Look at the positive articles and you will note the few comments that are made.

      A positive attitude goes a long way.