Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Bury St Edmunds: Council defends six-figure spend on staff travel

11:06 09 April 2014

The West Suffolk House council offices in Bury St Edmunds

The West Suffolk House council offices in Bury St Edmunds

Archant

A west Suffolk council has defended its £135,000 spend on staff travel expenses that has left other local authorities in the region in the shade.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council racked up the bill in the 2012/13 financial year – the year it began sharing services with Forest Heath, with staff increasingly working across both authorities.

Its payouts on mileage, public transport and subsistence were higher than other councils in the region for which figures were 
available. Ipswich Borough Council spent £118,000, while Harlow District Council spent £72,000.

The bill for neighbouring Forest Heath district, Cambridge city and Chelmsford city councils were less than half St Edmundsbury’s total spend.

The council says that moving to a shared service has saved £3.5million for St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath combined, while a 
spokeswoman attributed the authority’s spending to covering a large geographical and rural area, 
including Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and a number of west Suffolk villages

She added: “Many staff travel as part of their job. They include staff making site visits, such as the environmental health inspectors, planning officers, property surveyors and the park rangers, who work at several places.

“The councils keep travel costs down by using pool cars, car sharing and tele and video conferencing to save journeys.”

Old staff are based at one office and can claim travel between Bury and Mildenhall, but new 
appointments are dual-based and cannot.

According to Freedom of Information requests, around 190 staff claims are processed by St Edmundsbury each month, compared to between 75-85 for Forest Heath, Ipswich and Cambridge.

0 comments

GV - Ipswich Crown Court

An Essex woman who took advantage of her estranged husband being in hospital to steal his cheque book and plunder more than £18,000 from his bank account has been jailed.

The Chinese restaurant fire in Halstead - image from Essex County Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were called to a blaze that broke out at a Chinese restaurant in High Street, Halstead, this afternoon.

Updated GVs of the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

A popular Bury St Edmunds music venue could save the taxpayer £150,000 a year by raising ticket prices an average of just £2.

Police are investigating

Police have been called to Thurston Road near Bury St Edmunds this evening after a bull escaped its field and onto the road.

The Milburn Centre Syndicate at the West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk have scooped £1 million pounds in the National Lottery. Some of the lucky winners received their cheque at Ickworth Hall Hotel, Suffolk.  Picture by: Jason Mitchell

A syndicate of 20 West Suffolk College staff are celebrating their Lotto Millionaire Raffle win.

breaking-news-generic

Police probing a possible sighting of a man near Colchester Garrison this afternoon have confirmed the incident is not linked to the RAF Marham investigation.

Cecil and Alice Westgate, of Nayland, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

A combination of wonderful Sunday lunches and the fact that his wife is “perfect in almost every way” has kept Cecil Westgate happily married for the past 70 years.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24