Foreign Travel Costs

“From 1 August 2017 to the day this request is processed (1 August 2018), I would like to know the number of overseas trips councillors, members of the management team (including the chief executive), and council officers have taken in the course of conducting council business. For each overseas trip, please provide the following information:

– The date and duration of the overseas trip, as well as the country/city that was visited

– The full name, title and position of the councillor/member of management team/council officer who went on the overseas trip

– The reason or reasons why the councillor/member of management team/council officer went on the overseas trip

– The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel costs, accommodation costs and expenses etc.)

– Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another organisation met the costs.

– Please provide the full name of the individual, group, company, charity or organisation that met the costs. If it is a group or consortium, please state who or what composes the group or consortium.”

Details of Overseas trips are provided in the table below and also in this spreadsheet.  Please note that names of individuals have not been provided under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – ‘Personal Information’.  The job title of the individual concerned or the service area has been provided instead.  The Council can confirm that there has been no Councillor or Leadership Team (Leadership Team meaning Chief Executive, Chief Officer or Head of Service) foreign travel during the time period specified:-

Service DateReason for travelTraveller Job Title / Service AreaTypeTrip Length (days)Total Detail
26th to 28th  February 2018Meeting with interreg Atlantic – programme authoritiesSenior Accountant External FundsFlight/Hotel3No cost to DCC – EU funded project                                                          (DCC always ensures that whenever other parties can fund joint project costs they do)Porto-Portugal via Heathrow
9th to 13th April 2018Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs – Steering Group meetingSenior Accountant External Funds and AYCH Project co-ordinatorFlight/Hotel5No cost to DCC – EU funded projectLugo – Galicia Spain via Heathrow
23rd to 26th April 2018Interreg Europe Event re Innovasump/Ecoswaste4Food and ECOOL (DCC are project partners)Senior Accountant External FundsFlight/Hotel3No cost to DCC – EU funded projectBulgaria – Sofia via Heathrow
14th to 17th May 2018Interreg Europe – INNOVASUMP Steering Group meetingSenior Accountant External Funds and senior transport plannerFlight/Hotel4No cost to DCC – EU funded projectCyprus – Nicosia via Heathrow
18th to 21st June 2018Interreg Europe – ECOOL Steering Group meetingSenior Accountant External Funds and Skills Strategy managerFlight/Hotel4No cost to DCC – EU funded projectSpain – Seville via Stansted
2nd to 6th July 2018Interreg Europe – Ecowaste4Food Steering Group meetingSenior Accountant External Funds- principal Waste manager and Recycling officer Flight/Hotel4No cost to DCC – EU funded projectFrance Marseille via Heathrow