The collection of more than 11,000 paintings owned by Leeds council is insured for £100m a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Conservative Home write: 

Last month I noted that the Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, Hilary Benn, had attacked the Government’s advice to councils on 50 Ways to Save.

Mr Benn’s complaint was that, included in the suggestions, was one about council’s art collections and whether revenue could be obtained by art leasing. He thought this was an absurdly trivial matter.

But are the sums involved really so derisory? Let us take the example of Mr Benn’s own council: Labour-run Leeds. In response to a Freedom of Information request they tell me they own 11,904 paintings, drawings and prints and 1,882 sculptures.

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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.