Lib Dem-run Richmond Council in south west London was among the Councils named and shamed by a Mail on Sunday investigation into "morale boosting" jaunts for staff. The paper reports:

The bill included 13 away days to the picturesque Lensbury Club, a popular haunt of the England rugby team on the banks of the Thames. The council said the trips improved its ‘overall corporate

57 councils responded to Freedom of Information requests with details of spending £1.4 million on such activities since 2005. The full list hasn't been published although there are some Conservative offenders mentioned in the report. Torbay and Forest Heath are mentioned. Gedling spent £1,000 sending staff off Go Karting.

But naturally the most lavish spenders of their residents money are the Labour councils. In Wirral £3,609 went on three ‘business planning’ trips for 19 officials at the Grade-I listed Bulkeley Hotel – "50 miles away on the Isle of Anglesey and boasting ‘majestic panoramic views’ of Snowdonia."

The council with the biggest spending of all? Labour-run Tower Hamlets which spent £233,890 on trips to "invest in staff development."