Isle of Wight Council still has links to Russian energy giant Gazprom and spent £191,138 on contracts with the firm in 2020 and 2021.

It did not disclose its links last week, when it revealed it had reviewed its assets after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

It has now revealed it will continue to be linked to the provider until April.

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PA news agency revealed the authority's near £200,000 bill, in 2020 and 2021, was part of a total UK spend of £107 million, between 2016 and 2021.

That included more than £29 million from local authorities, including the Island's council.

Last week, the Isle of Wight Council said its pension fund investments did not include Russian assets and it had no direct holdings in any Russian stock, or any 'materially significant investments in Russia-linked equities.'

Today, in a statement to the Isle of Wight County Press, an Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said: "Our contract with Gazprom ended on the 30 September 2021.

"Due to an admin error by a third party and beyond our control, one property remains with Gazprom until April 3 2022.

"The authority has not had any bills from Gazprom since January 2022.

"It is possible a final bill may be received for the single property. Any amounts paid to Gazprom since October 2021 will be compensated by the third party who made the admin error."

What has the government said about NHS links to Gazprom?

A senior government source also told PA news agency that Health Secretary Sajid Javid had been in talks with NHS England over ending national contracts with Gazprom.

The source told PA: "Sajid has spoken with NHS England and been clear that trusts need to stop using Gazprom as a supplier.

"He has also requested a wider review of any Russian role in supply chains across the health service."

The NHS accounted for £77 million of the public sector spend with Gazprom, over six years, said PA.