Coun­cil­lors warned to make early travel plans to save cash... or else

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GLAS­GOW coun­cil­lors who con­sis­tently book travel ar­range­ments at the last minute are to be outed un­der new cost-sav­ing mea­sures.

City chiefs have set up a new three-year deal worth £678,000 with Cor­po­rate Travel Man­age­ment (North) Lim­ited to book travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion for coun­cil staff.

The plan is to save around £7,000 each year on book­ing fees and by mak­ing travel ar­range­ments early.

But those who make last­gasp book­ings have been warned they risk los­ing out on vis­it­ing con­fer­ences and other events un­der the scheme.

Speak­ing to the city’s con­tracts and prop­erty com­mit­tee, a spokesman for Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s Cor­po­rate Pro­cure­ment Unit said: “The ear­lier you book a flight or a train ticket the cheaper it is.

“Us­ing a new mon­i­tor­ing tool, folk who are con­sis­tently book­ing late will be high­lighted and re­ports will be go­ing to the coun­cil man­age­ment team.”

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