Overseas travel costs

By on 17/06/2013 in FOI/Data, News

***UPDATED 17 June 2013***

Over recent years, Birmingham City Council has recorded a significant drop in overseas travel costs for the local authority.

During 2012/13, a total of 115 visits were made at a cost of £35,842.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “We have had extremely transparent process for many years through which all of our expenditure on overseas travel is approved by senior officers and published for interested parties to see.

“It is broken down by cost, destination and the benefits gained from making the visits - each of which is a form of investment that ultimately helps improve services or attract future events and fresh business to the city.

“Where possible, we always ensure that the hosts or organisers meet the cost as opposed to the city, as is proven by last year's figures, and by the longer-term trend for less expenditure on such travel.

“This spend also needs to be viewed within the context of an annual turnover of £3.5billion for the council, which is Europe's largest local authority.”

At-a-glance:

2008/09 - a total of 108 visits at a cost of £82,537 (average cost of £764.23 per trip)

2009/10 - a total of 74 visits at a cost of £57,721 (average cost of £780.01 per trip)

2010/11 - a total of 114 visits at a cost of £25,484 (average cost of £223.54 per trip)

2011/12 – a total of 127 visits at a cost of £44,792 (average cost of £352.69 per trip)

2012/13 – a total of 115 visits at a cost of £35,842 (average cost of £311.67 per trip)

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