Response to LGOIMA request 2023-300 19 January 2024

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Response to LGOIMA request 2023-300 19 January 2024 preview
  • Published Date Fri 19 Jan 2024
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Request for information: 

"End-of-Year Bonuses:

  • Total amount paid in end-of-year bonuses to the CEO this Christmas. 
  • Total amount paid in bonuses to staff employed by your organization this Christmas. 
  • Please also provide the same for Christmas 2022. 

Presents for Staff:

  • Total expenditure on presents for staff including but not limited to 'secret Santa' etc. 
  • Please include this cost for last year also. 

Christmas Parade: 

  • Total expenditure breakdown on any Christmas parade hosted or funded by the Council this year. This should also include road closure impact assessments where possible. 
  • Please include a cost breakdown for any Christmas parade last year. 

Christmas Trees and lights: 

  • Number of Christmas trees purchased and erected, and the cost of these purchases for this year. 
  • Please also include the cost for any Christmas lights for tree and any lights for buildings for this year. 
  • Please also include the cost of both for last year, too. 
  • Please highlight if the council had any left over from last year. 

Hiring Santa: 

  • Breakdown of costs associated with hiring a Santa, if applicable. 
  • Please also provide this information for last year, too. 

Christmas Market: 

  • Breakdown of costs associated with running/hosting/sponsoring a Christmas market, if applicable. 
  • Please provide this information for last year, too. 

Christmas Party Supplies: 

  • Please breakdown the amount spent on the following for the years 2022 and 2023:
  • Wrapping paper 
  • Santa hats 
  • Alcohol for parties
  • Party hats 
  • Christmas crackers
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas decorations

Christmas Parties:

  • Total expenditure breakdown on Council Christmas parties. Please also include in the breakdown any travel arrangement costs. 
  • Please include this for last year, also. 

Office Closure: 

  • Duration of office closure during the Christmas period for the council generally. 
  • Please specify how many managers and senior executive staff are taking more hours/days out of office than is blanket across the council for the Christmas period. 
  • Does the Christmas office closure also affect contractors paid by the council? If not, how much are they being paid over the Christmas break in an hourly rate? 


  • Does the council have any plans to increase fines for parking offences or any other offences during the Christmas period? 
  • If so, which fines are increasing, why and what revenue is expected to be raised?"
Updated April 2, 2024 at 2:20 PM