Local authorities in Scotland have spent more than £2m on flights for staff, a Freedom of Information investigation has revealed. 

The Scotsman report: 

CASH-STRAPPED councils spent at least £2 million on air fares in just three years to fly staff around the world at taxpayers’ expense, it emerged yesterday.

Despite axing vital services because of budgets, Scotland’s local authorities paid out for more than 8,000 domestic and international flights on “official business”.

Senior figures – including provosts, councillors and high-ranking executives – were the biggest globetrotters with visits to far flung destinations such as South Africa, Brazil, Australia and the United States.

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