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cleaning glasgow Streets have cost Council More than all other local authorities combined.

And the bill for collecting boxes from the city wall is also the highest Scotland.

One city councilor said the costs are “off the Richter scale.”

According to the 2020 to 2021 figures the street cleaning bill per 1000 people is the most expensive in the country working at £25.94 per inhabitant.

This is down from £32.45 per person last year.

A council meeting heard that the large number of football matches and gigs in the city adds to the cost.

Bosses are reviewing costs and comparing the city’s service to other local authorities, a report said. It said there had been ongoing investment, including the introduction of bin sensors to provide information on fill rates and bin replacement, which had affected costs.

Some shocking figures also show that Glasgow spends the highest per visit on sports facilities in Scotland at £223.61 – compared to the Scottish average of £40.37.

The council committee was told that there has been a huge financial loss due to the lockdown. The cost per library visit was £22.65 compared to the Scottish national average of £2.88. The cost per visit to Glasgow city museums and galleries was £126.68 compared to a national average figure of £10.19.

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Raising concerns about the cost of culture and sport, Green councilor Martha Wardrop said: “It’s a worrying difference in cost in Glasgow compared to the rest of the country.”

A Glasgow Life representative said the biggest impact was people not being able to go to places due to the lockdown.

All the figures were presented as part of a report on the Local Government Benchmarking Framework, which shows how different councils perform.

SNP councilor Chris Cunningham pointed to a statistic showing that Glasgow had the highest cost of waste collection per location in Scotland.

He said in Glasgow that “we go above and beyond” by going to back courts to collect litter.

He questioned cost differences across the country and asked if anyone had done an analysis to explain why some areas pay more than others.

Speaking at the Operational Performance and Delivery Scrutiny Committee yesterday, an official said he hoped previous workshops, which ran before the pandemic, would resume to allow discussion on data.

Another official said the staff would be keen to discuss the reasons for the differences in the councils

He said: “We don’t benchmark against other local authorities at the moment but we would welcome groups that are being set up.”

Councilor Jim Kavanagh, Labour, said: “Our figures are off the Richter scale of spending. I don’t understand it. We don’t all go to backcourts. Housing associations are moving the goods out to the streets. ”

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The politician demanded a detailed report on how the figures were calculated.

He added: “Street cleanliness is a major issue that needs to be addressed. It has always been a priority. It is sometimes pushed to the side. ”

A council official said the council was able to show how it calculated its costs but other local authorities would have difficulty obtaining the details.

Councilors decided that comments from the meeting were to be taken back to the Correctional Service.

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