Alex Salmond has been accused of lavishing public money on his Council of Economic Advisers after new figures showed the group has so far cost taxpayers more than £100,000 in flights, hotels, meals and meetings.Video-conferencing?
More than £7000 was spent hiring a five-star castle on the edge of Edinburgh for the group's most recent gathering, despite government venues being available free of charge in the city,including the First Minister's residence Bute House. Figures released to The Herald under Freedom of Information legislation show the total cost for the six meetings to date stands at £100,875.
Almost £60,000 went on flights, £9500 on chauffeur-driven cars and coaches, £9000 on hotels, and £13,000 on food and drink.
Never mind the five-star castle, that thirteen grand on food works out almost a thousand per head!