Accountable Servants

March 15, 2011 11:21 AM

There are many instances of essential travel taken by public servants throughout the UK every day and it has been common practice for these staff to claim back work-associated expenses. But expenses - as seen with the MPs' expenses scandal - can prove at times to be ridiculous. Here are two particularly shameless examples and an outright abuse of the public purse within the devolved nations.

As reported in the Mail Online, a civil servant, Anthony Snow, who earned £107,000 a year, travelled in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes limousine paid for by taxpayers. The trip that cost taxpayers £464 allowed Mr Snow - who was in a position to sign off his own expenses - the opportunity to travel to a conference entitled 'More For Less - Meeting The Challenges Of A Changed Environment'. The irony being that the conference was intended to teach those attending how to save public money.

However this is nothing in comparison to what has been reported in the Belfast Telegraph. Sir Hugh Orde, the former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), received business class flights for his family for nearly six years. Sir Hugh was paid more than £180,000 a year and received various perks, including paid for accommodation, and spent almost £30,000 of taxpayers’ money on flights between Belfast, Dublin and London. This was initially put into place so to encourage his adjustment to the role in Northern Ireland but due to an administrative error continued far beyond the agreed twelve month period.

Mr Snow is an individual who has had a number of questions raised about his intentions, including the pension package that was agreed upon the same week he qualified for early retirement and his move to the ‘Financial Reporting Council’ in 2009. Mr Orde is currently the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

These are just two examples of those in receipt of extravagant salaries exploiting the system and leaving taxpayers out of pocket. There are examples of this throughout the town halls and other public institutions nationwide. These two public servants should apologize to taxpayers, and repay money back from extravagant expenses' claims. Others guilty of similar exploits should be held accountable for their misdemeanors.There are many instances of essential travel taken by public servants throughout the UK every day and it has been common practice for these staff to claim back work-associated expenses. But expenses - as seen with the MPs' expenses scandal - can prove at times to be ridiculous. Here are two particularly shameless examples and an outright abuse of the public purse within the devolved nations.

As reported in the Mail Online, a civil servant, Anthony Snow, who earned £107,000 a year, travelled in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes limousine paid for by taxpayers. The trip that cost taxpayers £464 allowed Mr Snow - who was in a position to sign off his own expenses - the opportunity to travel to a conference entitled 'More For Less - Meeting The Challenges Of A Changed Environment'. The irony being that the conference was intended to teach those attending how to save public money.

However this is nothing in comparison to what has been reported in the Belfast Telegraph. Sir Hugh Orde, the former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), received business class flights for his family for nearly six years. Sir Hugh was paid more than £180,000 a year and received various perks, including paid for accommodation, and spent almost £30,000 of taxpayers’ money on flights between Belfast, Dublin and London. This was initially put into place so to encourage his adjustment to the role in Northern Ireland but due to an administrative error continued far beyond the agreed twelve month period.

Mr Snow is an individual who has had a number of questions raised about his intentions, including the pension package that was agreed upon the same week he qualified for early retirement and his move to the ‘Financial Reporting Council’ in 2009. Mr Orde is currently the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

These are just two examples of those in receipt of extravagant salaries exploiting the system and leaving taxpayers out of pocket. There are examples of this throughout the town halls and other public institutions nationwide. These two public servants should apologize to taxpayers, and repay money back from extravagant expenses' claims. Others guilty of similar exploits should be held accountable for their misdemeanors.

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