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FOI 2917

Celebrity speakers

Request

I would like details about ‘celebrity’ appearances at council-run talks, events, conferences, dinners etc over the last five years.

This covers both internal private events (for example motivational talks for staff) and public events (eg opening of a new swimming pool etc). These examples are not supposed to be exhaustive list of all events where special guests may have been hired.

I want the information dating back to January 1, 2007 and I am only after instances where a fee was paid.

Please state:

1) The date and type of event that the special guest was invited to (the list of examples above is not supposed to be an exhaustive list)

2) The name of the ‘celebrity’. Celebrity is any speaker who was paid a fee to attend – from motivational speakers through to Big Brother ‘stars’, war veterans and other notable people. An example of the type of information I am after can be found in this news story:
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2012/01/01/thousands-spent-on-celebs-for-council-events/

3) The amount that was paid.

4) If the ‘celebrity’ insisted the payment was made to a charity. (I appreciate this information may not be recorded).

Response

1) The date and type of event that the special guest was invited to
a) 29.11.08 – Christmas Lighting Up Brentwood
b) 28.11.09 – Christmas Lighting Up Brentwood

2) The name of the ‘celebrity’
a) Gloria Hunniford
b) Janey Lee Grace

3) The amount that was paid.
a) £1000
b) 500

4) If the ‘celebrity’ insisted the payment was made to a charity.
a) Donated to The Caren Keating Foundation
b) no information