The Somerset Gazette report:

COUNTY council bosses have defended the authority’s spending – after it was revealed staff have racked up a bill of £4.6million with council-issued credit cards over the past 18 months.

The figure emerged following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Payment cards are issued to stop employees from using their ownmoney on council purchases and having to claim it back later in the form of expenses.

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