Council staff told to pack ibuprofen and vitamin C to beat hangovers on taxpayer-funded trip to Cannes

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Councils
have been criticised after it emerged an event they are sending workers
to has advised packing ibuprofen and vitamin C – to beat hangovers.

Around 118 public officials are being flown out to the French Riviera to attend the taxpayer-funded four-day event in March.

But
organisers of the Marche International Des Professionnels De
L’Immobilier (MIPIM) have warned attendees the trip will cause
‘exhaustion’ thanks to its action-packed party schedule.

Council workers have been told to pack ibuprofen and vitamin C to beat hangovers at an international property event in Cannes, France. Attendees are pictured above at last year's event enjoying a cool beer in the sun

Council workers have been told to pack ibuprofen and
vitamin C to beat hangovers at an international property event in
Cannes, France. Attendees are pictured above at last year’s event
enjoying a cool beer in the sun

Workers will be wined and
dined at the prestigious Palais Des Festivals, which also hosts the
Cannes Film Festival, as they try to secure future investment for their
areas. Individual tickets cost £1,160.

A guide to the
international property fair, written as part of a blog on the official
event’s website, said: ‘Networking extends into late evening and for
some that means the wee hours of morning.

‘Yes, it happens to the
best of us. And yes, we feel pretty rotten the next day. Magic fix? A
good ibuprofen and a heavy dose of Vitamin C usually does the trick. At
least until midday…’

But the flippant advice has sparked outrage.

John O’Connell, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It’s stunning to see them blow huge sums on a jolly.’

A blog on The Marche International Des Professionnels De L’Immobilier's website advises any attendees to be prepared to take a 'heavy dose of vitamin C'

A blog on The Marche International Des Professionnels De
L’Immobilier’s website advises any attendees to be prepared to take a
‘heavy dose of vitamin C’

The Marche International Des Professionals De L’Immobilier (MIPIM) is an annual event held in Cannes (above)

The Marche International Des Professionnels De L’Immobilier (MIPIM) is an annual event held in Cannes (above)

Workers will be wined and dined at the prestigious Palais Des Festivals (pictured above), which hosts the Cannes Film Festival

Workers will be wined and dined at the prestigious Palais Des Festivals (pictured above), which hosts the Cannes Film Festival

The largest sole contingent to attend this year is a 22-strong delegation led by Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins.

Their ticket allocation alone cost more than £25,000.

The Scottish Government has also paid £18,500 for tickets for a 16-strong team under its ‘Cities Alliance’ banner.

Two
employees from Edinburgh City Council have been given a budget of
£2,454 for ‘travel and accommodation’. The council was unable to
estimate the cost of food and drink.

Individual tickets cost £1,160. Delegates are pictured above eating, drinking and enjoying the beautiful view at the 2014 MIPIM show

Individual tickets cost £1,160. Delegates are pictured
above eating, drinking and enjoying the beautiful view at the 2014 MIPIM
show

Cannes is known for its luxury yachts and beautiful scenery. Several delegates do business at the 2014 MIPIM show (above)

Cannes is known for its luxury yachts and beautiful scenery. Several delegates do business at the 2014 MIPIM show (above)

Glasgow
City Council is also sending a team but added that ‘it’s impossible’ to
reveal the true cost to the taxpayer until after the event.

Highland Council, which is planning to shed up to 1,000 jobs over the next five years, is sending delegates.

Local politicians and employees are also attending from Aberdeen, Dundee, Newcastle and Perth.

A Cities Alliance spokesman said: ‘We can’t give final costs.

‘Bringing the cities together allows us to showcase investment opportunities.’

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