Council fee was 40 times higher than contractor

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Sheffield Council chiefs have been accused of ‘stupidity’ after giving a quote for disease testing that was 40 times higher than a private contractor’s.

Council environmental health workers provided Legionella testing at Bolsterstone toilets for Stocksbridge Town Council at a cost of £520 during 2012-13. But the quote for 2013-14 was £4,680.

Keith Davis of Deepcar, and a former Stocksbridge town councillor, said: “Alternative quotations were sought and a like-for-like service was offered for £120. What about a bit of entrepreneurial skill? I ask Sheffield Council, when will this stupidity end?”

Sheffield Council declined to comment.