Local authorities in Wales who held lavish dinners for civic leaders at a time of cuts to services have been criticised.

Councils across Wales spent more than £28,000 on dinners for civic leaders and gifts for mayors of other authorities over the last three years.

The figures, released through a Freedom of Information request by Plaid Cymru, showed the largest amount to be spent by a single authority was Powys in 2011-12 with a bill totalling £1,790.25.

Reported by Wales Online. You can read the full story here.

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