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Councils 'waste £150m a year paying bills twice'

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Councils could save almost £150 million a year if they made sure they did not pay bills twice, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles claimed today.

Audits of two large councils uncovered over-payments to suppliers totalling more than £550,000, with invoices showing that some bills had been paid as many as three times. If repeated across England, the exercise could save an estimated £147 million.

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