Council spends £45,000 on food and drink entertainment

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 July 2011




NORTH Somerset Council spent more than £45,000 on providing refreshments for staff, councillors and guests last year, the Mercury can reveal.

A Freedom of Information request has uncovered the unitary authority spent £45,933 on the tea, coffee, sandwiches and biscuits during the financial year 2010/11.

The amount works out at £124 a day or £833 a week and comes in a year when the council has pledged to save £47.3million by 2015.

The department spending the most was corporate services, which paid £23,913 on laying on the refreshments.

Adult social services and housing department spent £7,541 and children and young people’s services paid out £6,464.

The spending, however, marks a drop from last year when a total of £82,690 was spent.

On answering the request for information, the council said it no longer handed out refreshments for officer meetings.

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