Posted by: westlancashirerecord | August 26, 2018

Local Council Cars

Visitors to the Ormskirk MotorFest 2018 today will see some very expensive privately owned cars, and who can forget a few years ago when it seemed the Mayor was being offered the chance to race off on this machine ?

On Tuesday the Taxpayers’ Alliance published a new report detailing spending by local councils on cars for mayoral use. Authored by its policy analyst Duncan Simpson, the report shows that “local authorities across the country have spent over £4.5 million  since 2015.

Mayors and council chairmen and women often fulfil ceremonial duties and serve as the ‘first citizen’. These are generally mundane and little cared-for functions that do not require purchasing or leasing of luxury vehicles. Three local authorities (Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, and Kensington & Chelsea) own a Bentley Continental Flying Spur . Other luxury vehicles used by UK councils included the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes S Class and Lexus RX. 

“Local authorities should encourage civic leaders to use their own method of transport and sell-off surplus vehicles. Almost 40 per cent of all councils did not own or lease a mayoral car over the last three years. 9 councils spent taxpayers’ money on personalised number plates”.

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