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Council's £400k stationery bill

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:43 07 July 2010

Rob Garratt

Breckland Council has spent more than £400,000 of your money on stationery over the last three years.

Pens, files, notes and paper clips are among products which cost the council up to £150,000 a year.

Breckland Council has spent more than £400,000 of your money on stationery over the last three years.

Pens, files, notes and paper clips are among products which cost the council up to £150,000 a year.

The true cost of everyday administration has come to light through a freedom of information request to the council, which shows the authority's annual stationery bill for the last five years.

For the 2008/09 financial year the bill stood at £152,598, a rise from £126,277 the year before.

This in turn was more than double the 2006/07 bill of £62,041. So far the council has spent £124,286 this financial year on stationery.

Breckland's stationery bill of £152,598 last year was the largest of any district council in Norfolk, edging in above a similar figure of £152,222 at King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.

However, these two authorities spent more than twice the next big spender, North Norfolk District Council, which had a bill of £58,500. Elsewhere Great Yarmouth Borough Council claims to have spent less than £8,000 on stationery last year while Norwich City Council's bill was less than £20,000.

A spokesman for Breckland said the bulk of the council's bill was for letters sent out relating to council tax and benefits matters, and that actual stationery cost around £14,000.

Throughout Norfolk councils are spending more than £1m annually on stationery, with Norfolk County Council alone racking up a £463,000 bill last year.


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