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Straped for cash Rhondda Cynon Taf council slammed over £500k mobile phone bill

Assembly Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has launched an attack on the second biggest council in Wales after it emerged that more than £500,000 has been spent on staff mobile phone calls in little more than three years.

Information disclosed to Mr Davies by Rhondda Cynon Taf council shows that between April 2011 and July 2014 the authority paid staff mobile phone bills to a grand total of £529,136.10.

Information disclosed to Andrew RT Davies shows that between April 2011 and July 2014 the authority paid staff mobile phone bills to a grand total of £529,136.10

In 2011-12, the bill came to £161,798.72, in 2012-13 it was £152,327.57 and in £144,126.87.

Between April and July this year a further £70,882.94 was spent.

In 2011-12, some 2,316 staff members at the council had mobile phones provided and paid for by the authority.

The number rose to 2,463 in 2012-13, and to 2,471 in 2013-14.

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This financial year the total stands at 2,470.

In 2011-12, the council bought 569 mobile handsets.

In 2012-13 a further 390 were bought, and in 2013-14 396 were bought.

Up to September 24, a further 98 mobile handsets had been bought.

A note accompanying the figures disclosed to Mr Davies said: “Fundamental mobile usage review currently underway.”

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