Following information gleaned from another FOI request which itself led to a third FOI request the full cost of CWaC attending the 2009 Local Government Association can now be disclosed.
Total cost of attending the 2009 Local Government Association conference/exhibition.
Accommodation costs at the Old Swan £2878.50
Registration fee £2984.25
Cost for stand space at the exhibition and the development, design, build and dismantle of the stand: £18,251.53
Cost of promotional magazine to give away on stand: £1,354
Reimbursed petrol costs (officers): three cars for distance of 192.6 miles (Chester to Harrogate return): £ 156.76
Members travel cost total: £312.80 Individual details below
Councillor Mike Jones: £92.80
Councillor Derek Bateman: £97.60
Councillor Les Ford: £79.20
Total costs identified so far = £25937.84 and that excludes CWaC's annual LGA membership cost and staff wages.Councillor Malcolm Gaskell: £43.20
LGA Annual membership 2009/2010 £81,850 net of VAT.
When you consider Cheshire West and Chester objective for having a stand at the exhibition it brings into question whether the £25937.84 was value for money as far as taxpayers are concerned.
CWaC Council's objective was, and I quote, "to promote the Council’s ambition and achievements to 2,500 delegates (Members, Chief Executives and senior officers) from councils across the UK."
Who an earth decided that it was worth spending all that money promoting Cheshire West and Chester Council to other councils?
It would have been cheaper just to mail a press release together with a £10 note to every single delegate.