UK councils have spent £350,000 on attending award ceremonies celebrating council performance, a TaxPayers' Alliance investigation has revealed. A total of 100 councils have attended these ceremonies, with one council, Wolverhampton, spending £13,403.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, which published the findings, our head of campaigns, Elliot Keck, said:
"Nothing will insult taxpayers more than back-slapping, booze-fuelled award ceremonies to celebrate years of failure.
"Town hall after town hall has had to fess up to wrecking their finances, while almost every council in the land has hiked rates year after year.
"Next time a council receives a nomination, they should consider whether their residents would really be happy to foot the bill for them to accept it in person."