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Hire of Celebrities

Requested on
Thu 7th November, 2013
Reference
FOI 3553
Resolution
Information provided

Question

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.

Going back to May 6, 2010, 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) Were they 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

I would like this FOI to capture any celebrities turning on Christmas lights this year. By the time you are obliged to reply to this FOI it will be early December and I am sure you will have held a switch-on event. If you have hired a celebrity, please provide details of this.

In some instances the council may have given another body – eg the local chamber of commerce – money to hire the celebrity. Please include these within your response – the key thing is this is funded by the local authority.

In our modern age, the definition of “celebrity” is open to many different interpretations. For the purpose of this FOI, a celebrity is not the local mayor. It is the local MP, it is anyone who has appeared on reality television, it is the local radio presenter and it is a well-known author (eg JK Rowling and not a self-published novelist). I hope that guidance assists.

Answer

Charnwood Borough Council have not paid to hire any celebrity since 2010.
We do hire a person to wear a children’s character costume – Peppa Pig for example, for our Christmas lights switch on but do not believe this fits within the definitions of your request.  If you would like these costs, please let me know.

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