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A GOLF buggy, gallons of beer and scores of cakes were among the items Wigan Council has forked out for in the last six months.

Latest figures, that the local authority is obliged to publish under Government transparency laws, show that spending by the cash-strapped local authority on items costing £500 or more between October and March amounted to £130m.

The local authority today responded with explanations for many of the items singled out from the vast expenditure list.

And it stressed that the “public can be assured of the highest levels of scrutiny as Wigan Council, like any similar authority, carries out its services for the community.”

Other payments ranged from funding for a residential care home to a grant for a gay radio station.

The authority also paid for the stage at the Christmas lights switch-on and has a deal with Mobberley eggs for small cakes for school meals.

FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (FRIDAY) ...

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