The Communities Secretary angered green campaigners by upgrading to a gas-guzzling £70,000 Jag from the £20,000 hybrid Toyota Prius used by his Labour predecessor John Hutton.
Official figures show his department blew £277,690 of taxpayers’ cash on chauffeur-driven limos in 10 months.
That is the second highest total in Whitehall, with only Lib Dem Vince Cable’s vast Department for Business spending more.
The figures come after it was revealed that Mr Pickles has overseen a £150,000 spending spree by civil servants.
Officials used Visa cards funded by the taxpayer to buy everything from luxury hotel stays and meals to wine and sandwiches.
The sum will embarrass the Cabinet heavyweight, who regularly accuses town halls of wasting public money.
Yes, folks, those cost-cutting Tories are not cutting costs that affect the people ordering the cuts. And you just know that if Labour were in charge and having to cut, les grande fromages at the top would be equally immune to any kind of suffering.
We're all in this together. Just some of us are more than others.