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Freedom of information request response - 06525

FOI request

FOI ID number
06525
Regarding
Hiring Celebrities
Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you give me details on the amount of money spent hiring celebrities. They may have been hired to present awards, record video/audio clips, turn on Christmas lights, visit a local school or for any other purpose.

For each of the last five years (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015), please state:

  1. Which celebrity was hired to make an appearance.
  2. What they were hired to do.
  3. When they were hired.
  4. How much they were paid.
  5. If they were given anything in lieu of payment – eg night in a hotel, cab fares etc
  6. In some instances a celebrity may have asked the money be paid to charity. If you have a record of this, please say how much and which charity.

Our response

Response
  1. Which celebrity was hired to make an appearance: Charlie Luxton – Architectural Designer, Writer & TV Presenter
  2. What they were hired to do: Keynote Speaker at the Council’s Build Your Home, Build Your Community event on 4th July 2019 at Rheged, aimed at those looking to get involved in a self-build, custom-build or community-led housing project. Charlie’s expertise in self-build projects meant he was ideally placed to talk knowledgeably on this subject matter.
  3. When they were hired:March 2019
  4. How much they were paid: £4,500 + VAT and expenses. This cost was met from New Burdens Funding provided to the Council, to be used specifically in relation to the carrying out of our duties in relation to self and custom-build housing.
  5. If they were given anything in lieu of payment – eg night in a hotel, cab fares etc: N/A
  6. In some instances a celebrity may have asked the money be paid to charity. If you have a record of this, please say how much and which charity: N/A

See Build Your Home, Build Your Community

Response date
06 December 2019