Laura Sharman 20 May 2015

Councils spent £750,000 hiring celebrities investigation reveals

Councils spent more than £750,000 last year on booking celebrities to appear at events, according to new figures.

A freedom of information request by The Sun newspaper revealed that 348 councils spent £753,013 on stars to switch on Christmas lights, to appear at concerts and to judge competitions.

The investigation found that Armagh Council paid £26,800 to former Westlife singer, Kian Egan, while Coventry City Council paid Happy Mondays £25,000 to appear at its Godiva Festival.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets also paid TV chef Ainsley Harriott £10,750 to judge a curry competition.

Speaking to the paper, Andy Silvester from the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: ‘You couldn't make it up. The deficit must be cut, and that means councils waging war on wasteful spending like this.’

Photo: Mr Pics/Shutterstock.com

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Payroll Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £34805 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefits Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Payroll & People Advisor - Permanent

Essex County Council
Up to £27338 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Payroll & People Advisor - 12-month Fixed Term Contract

Essex County Council
Up to £27338 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Payroll & People Advisor - 12-month Fixed Term Contract Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Waste Manager

Isle of Wight Council
£42,923 to £46,402 per annum
We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual County Hall, Newport / Agile
Recuriter: Isle of Wight Council

Engineer (Client Team)

Manchester City Council
£35,336 to £39,571 (Bar at £38,553) per annum 
The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Client Team Manager Manchester, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Manchester City Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.