Council pays £42k taxi bill

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Numerous taxi trips of a little over 500ft for county council staff have cost Lincolnshire taxpayers £42,000 in the last six years.

The county council paid the bill for the 524ft shuttles between two of its buildings in Lincoln because ‘it is not a particularly pleasant place to walk’ and ‘safety concerns’ had been raised by staff.

Zoe Butler, head of the council’s customer service centre, said safety concerns were raised by staff who walk to and from Witham Park House and the Spa Road area during the winter.

She said: “The majority of our staff are female and, as a responsible employer, the council agreed to provide transport from November until March at the beginning and end of the day.”

But the taxi trips are now coming to an end.

Ms Butler said the road will be upgraded this year, making it a safer walking route, and remove the need for paying for taxi transport in future years.

Police have said that there were no ‘attacks or serious crime’ along the route of the taxi service.

The Taxpayers Alliance said the taxi bills were an ‘utterly absurd’ waste of money that would not be considered by firms outside the public sector.