Officers' journeys included Berlin

A WEST Yorkshire local authority has been spending £1,000 a month on staff hotel stays as well as funding flights to destinations including Nice and Berlin.

Calderdale Council has spent 36,300 on hotel bills since 2007 including one-night stays of 460, 350 and 345 for its director of community services. Calderdale said these individual fees included the cost of attending the accompanying conferences.

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It also spent 1,200 on flights to the south of France last year for two officers to attend the MIPIM property fair, and 1,000 on two flights to Berlin for training.

A spokeswoman said: "The council is particularly careful about how it spends money on travel and overnight accommodation. In the cases highlighted, the figures represented are the total cost of courses/events and overnight accommodation.

"The officers attending MIPIM were among representatives from five local authorities from the Leeds City Region promoting it as a location for business and investment. The council is still in talks with a number of potential investors as a result of attending. The visit to Berlin was part of a larger delegation funded by Local Government Yorkshire and Humber."