Kettering Council spends more than £35,000 on catering in three years

East Northants Council spent almost �150 on tea in 2013/14.
East Northants Council spent almost �150 on tea in 2013/14.

Kettering Council has spent a staggering total of more than £35,000 on catering costs in the past three years.

The figures, obtained by the Northants Telegraph through a Freedom of Information request, relate to the total catering costs across the council and include all council meetings and events held at the museum and gallery.

The council has split the figures into vending supplies and catering, with 2013/14 the most expensive year to taxpayers.

In 2012/13, Kettering Council spent £2,664.76 on vending supplies and £7,813.05 on catering, a total of £10,477.81.

That figure was surpassed in 2013/14 when £2,794.45 was spent on vending supplies and £7,887.37 on catering – a total of £10,681.82.

The most recent figures show catering spending has marginally decreased.

For 2014/15, £2,470.01 was spent on vending supplies and £6,373.85 on catering, a total of £8,843.86.

The council also spent £5,898.10 on catering in relation to the Freedom of the Borough granted to the Royal Anglian Regiment in July 2014.

East Northants Council spent more than £750 on coffee at meetings in 2013/14.

Its figures, broken down into money spent on tea, coffee and milk, show the cost of refreshments at meetings and external events held at East Northamptonshire House, Thrapston.

In 2012/13, the council spent £18.70 on tea, £262.90 on coffee and £143.26 on milk.

These figures took a huge leap the following year, with £149.58 spent on tea, £393.51 on milk and a huge £788.69 on coffee.

In 2014/15, the authority spent £115.50 on tea, £333.18 on coffee and £325.28 on milk.

Wellingborough Council decided that, as part of its 2012/13 budget, it would no longer provide catering or refreshments at council meetings.

There are hot drink facilities at the council but these are in the form of vending machines and have to be paid for.

Corby Council also does not provide refreshments at council meetings.