Local authority publicity spend doubles over decade

The average local authority spends almost £1 million a year on publicity - over double the amount it spent ten years ago - it has been revealed.

A report compiled by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has singled out Birmingham City Council as the biggest spender, with a £10 million bill for publicity.

Birmingham is one of eight local authorities spending more than £5 million every year. The total local authority publicity bill is £450 million.

TaxPayers’ Alliance chief executive Matthew Elliott said: ‘With the internet cutting the cost of communication, it shouldn’t be difficult for local authorities to find savings in this area and bring council tax down.’

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