The East of England Ambulance Service paid the incentives to 59 qualified paramedics in 2013 to try and resolve the organisation’s staff shortage. However, five of the new recruits had to repay the £2,000 golden hello payments after leaving the trust, according to new figures.
The NHS trust, which launched a recruitment campaign last year to hire 231 paramedics and specialist paramedics, paid £106,909 in golden hello payments last year, according to figures from a freedom of information request by the EDP.
Cashstrapped Bucks County Council spends £720,000 a year on an army of public relations gurus.
The authority, which has downgraded libraries and cut cash to daycare centres, held on to funding for 21 communications roles this year.
Last year the council spent a further £45,911 on internal and external newsletters.
Figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, form part of revelations that Vale ratepayers are spending more than £2million a year on PR roles.
Almost a third of offenders given restorative disposals went on to commit another crime.
Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,202 people in Windsor and Maidenhead were given restorative disposals between 2009, when they were first introduced by Thames Valley Police, and 2013.
Of these 339 reoffended.