Sunderland Council tops air travel costs league table – spending £210,000

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SUNDERLAND splashed the most cash on flights out of all the region’s local authorities, figures reveal today.

The Taxpayer’s Alliance figures showed Sunderland City Council spent more than £210,000 on flights from 2009 to 2012.

Of this, £62,000 was spent on flights as part of its Friendship Agreement with Washington DC, £6,168 was spent flying staff to South Africa as part of its bid to become a World Cup host city.

Sunderland City Council also spent over £10,000 on two trips to South Africa to attend a Commonwealth Local Government forum good practice scheme project and £8,465 on flights to China for business development.

Despite spending the most, the council reduced its bill from £67,310 in 2010/2011 to £50,342 in 2011/2012.

Durham County Council spent almost £13,000 on flights.

Newcastle City Council spent almost £110,000.