TAXPAYERS in the Capital are set to fork out almost £6000 for the Lord Provost’s 2014 Hogmanay party – despite assurances the sum would be covered by private sponsors.

It has emerged councillors ran up the bill – around four times that of the previous year’s reception – after being told that taxpayers would not be picking up the tab.

Guests at the bash at the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) in Princes Street are understood to have been served “champagne, food, the lot” and to have included nearly every administration councillor, together with friends, partners and spouses.

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