Mobile phones have cost Richmond Council more than £250,000 in the last year a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Your Local Guardian report: 

Richmond Council forked out more than £286,210 on phone bills in the past three years.

A Freedom of Information request by the Richmond and Twickenham Times revealed 945 staff at Richmond Council had a council=issued a Nokia, HTC or Samsung phone issued to them.

The bill for all the handsets totalled £97,668 in 2011-12, a decrease from £104,459 forked out by taxpayers in 2010/11, but a rise from the £84,083 bill in 2009/10.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.