Top five wastes of taxpayers' money

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It was revealed today that the UK Trade and Investment Office wasted an shocking £12,000 on its own-branded golf balls to be handed out as gifts to foreign business associates. This is only the most recent example of governments pointlessly spending taxpayers' money. Here’s our top five of the biggest wastes of public money…

Huntingdonshire District Council: In 2008, the Cambridgeshire council office spent a reported £29,000 on a new logo. The office opted for a new look after its old emblem, made up of black, grey and purple text was reported to have inadequate colour contrast for the visually impaired. A brand new design was commissioned through a private design company instructed to work alongside the Royal Institute for The Blind. The replacement now includes a blue river, green countryside and a bridge: a much clearer design…

The US Department of the Army: One only has to watch the recent movie Men Who Stare At Goats to see the extent of the US army’s ludicrous spending ethics in the interest of national security. However, they managed to surpass themselves with this 1981 effort when the department pumped $6,000 into a 17-page manual on "How to buy Worcestershire Sauce", and this was 21 years before George W even took office.

Arts & Humanities Research Council: The publicly funded council donated £125,000 to Professor Charles Spence of Oxford University and Professor Hilary Dalke of Kingston University to see if they could soothe violent young offenders by painting their bedrooms pink. The 2008 project also experimented with pleasant smells like lemon to see if they could calm the youths. The Daily Mail had a field day.

Yorkshire Forward: Ever wondered what it would be like to have an 85ft-long helter skelter slide in your office that can take you from the third floor to reception in just seven seconds? The Sheffield Electric Works did and even commissioned a designer to build it. It was all hilarious fun and games until it was revealed that the slide had cost £91,500 which was all at taxpayers' expense. Doesn’t sound so great now does it?

Moray Council: Council offices are notorious for wasting cash on bizarre "non-jobs" and health and safety regulations, and it seems even children’s games are not out of limits. The Scottish Moray council pay one lucky individual £19,887 a year to be the areas Street Football Co-Ordinator, presumably to keep the players off the grass and make sure they use the right kind of jumpers for goalposts. Jordan Waller