Wandsworth Council spent more than £600,000 on its communications department last year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Wandsworth Guardian report:

New figures revealed Wandsworth Council spent more than £600,000 on its communications department last year.

The data shows the council shelled out £262,000, in 2011-12, running its press office compared to £220,000 in 2010-11 – an increase of 19 per cent.

It also spent a further £36,000 on its monthly magazine Brightside last year, although that equates to a 50 per decrease on the previous year.

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