COUNCILS in the region are paying out more than £1 million a year to staff who work full time on trade union business, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Unions chiefs and council bosses have defended the roles, saying staff have the right to union representation – and it is more effective and convenient to have permanent union reps based in town halls.

But critics have questioned why cash-strapped councils are funding union reps when vital services are being axed.

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