Taxi and train council bill thousands of pounds

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 July 2011

close up on a yellow taxi cab sign

close up on a yellow taxi cab sign

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THOUSANDS of pounds were spent on taxi and train journeys by North Somerset Council last year, new figures show.

The Mercury can reveal the unitary authority spent £29,410 on train tickets and £1,162 on taxis during the financial year 2010/11.

The figures, obtained by a Freedom of Information request, show a drop in expenditure from the year before.

During 2009/10, the council spent £39,588 on train tickets and £4,059 on taxis.

The council was asked for its spend on the two modes of transport for its employees, but it replied saying it could not be so specific.

The expenditure on taxi includes fares for council services users when there was no other way of providing travel.

The council employs 1,917 people, 5,358 including staff working at schools.

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