SWINDON Borough Council spends a lot less on awards ceremonies than most councils across the UK.

Pressure group The Taxpayer'' Alliance has conducted research that shows over the last three completed financial years, the average costs to council tax payers for local authority-run awards and ceremonies is £18,000 equivalent to £6,000 per year.

But in that same period, Swindon Borough Council has only spent £1,200, or £400 per year.

The authority runs an annual Education Excellence Award and ceremony for teachers and also a ceremony for apprentices and is involved in the Pride of Swindon awards.

Wiltshire Council spent, over the year year period, according to the pressure group, £38,000, nearly double the national average.

The Taxpayers' Alliance is a private company said to have received £220,000 in donations from donors in the USA between 2013 and 2016.