Redbridge Council has spent more than £14,000 on ‘civic regalia’ since 2015 an investigation has found.
The figure was revealed following a Freedom of Information request regarding amounts spent against Council cost codes.
In 2015/2016 the Council spent £7,417 against a cost code allocated to ‘civic regalia’ while in 2016/2017 the figure was £6,785.
At a meeting due to be held on 18 January 2018 Redbridge Council will vote on reducing council tax reduction support from 80 per cent to 75 per cent for working age households.
In December 2017 the Council was ordered to pay £4,500 in compensation by the Local Government Ombudsman after it upheld complaints from families who suffered “considerable discomfort” after being placed in unsuitable accommodation by the Council.
As part of the investigation information was requested about spending against other cost codes but the Council has so far failed to respond in full.
Clarification on the ‘civic regalia’ items purchased and a quote was requested via email from the Press Office at Redbridge Council on Friday 5 January. No response has so far been received.