Council's �400k stationery bill
Rob GarrattBreckland 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.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.
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.
You may also want to watch:
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.
- 1 'Singing in their seats' - Pubs promise loud atmosphere for England game
- 2 Plans for wild animals on 100-home development
- 3 Your Say - What should replace Dereham's Prezzo?
- 4 Updated information following serious assault in Dereham
- 5 Man denies attacking brother with wheel brace
- 6 'People didn't know I existed' - Shopkeeper thrilled with new store
- 7 'Heartbroken' - Shock after village play area ‘trashed’ by graffiti vandals
- 8 Town pub revamped as carveries prove a hit
- 9 Man in 30s left in need of surgery after serious assault
- 10 Pub reopens with brand new wine boutique
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.