Pickles' snack costs soar by £10,000

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Finance

The secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, is under fire after it emerged that his department's snack bill has risen by £10,000. Labour MP Diane Abbot discovered that the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) spent £42,225 on confection over seven months in 2012 - up £10,000 on 2011. Last year, Mr Pickles came up with a list of 50 ways that councils could cut costs, including ditching free biscuits and other treats at meetings. Di...

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