New Research: Office of Fair Trading credit card spending revealed

February 13, 2012 12:56 PM

In the latest of a series of investigations into spending on Government Procurement Cards we have learned that staff at the Office of Fair Trading dined out at a branch of smutty American bar and grill chain Hooters and charged the £80 bill to taxpayers.

At the other end of the spectrum, about £2,400 of dining at exclusive London restaurants Patterson's and Chez Gerrard also appeared on credit card statements obtained by us through an FOI request. Taxpayers might be shocked to hear that the quango in charge of ensuring we don't get ripped off spent taxpayers' money in an inappropriate venue such as Hooters, or at such pricey restaurants.

The consumer watchdog charged taxpayers about £38,000 in total for food and drink in the last two years. Naturally some of this will have been legitimate spending on subsistence for staff who were travelling on business but, as these examples show, some of this spending was questionable or extravagant.

Other items of spending from the last two years that stood out were:

  • £90,000 on flights

  • £10,000 on stays at five-star hotels, including the Grand Hyatt, Cairo and Sunrise Beach Resort, Vietnam

  • £500 at a jeweller in Liverpool

  • £440 for a training course at the National Theatre

  • £386 at Lutyens, near St Paul's in London

  • £100 on food at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair


 

You can view the spending data below, or to download the full dataset, click here


In the latest of a series of investigations into spending on Government Procurement Cards we have learned that staff at the Office of Fair Trading dined out at a branch of smutty American bar and grill chain Hooters and charged the £80 bill to taxpayers.

At the other end of the spectrum, about £2,400 of dining at exclusive London restaurants Patterson's and Chez Gerrard also appeared on credit card statements obtained by us through an FOI request. Taxpayers might be shocked to hear that the quango in charge of ensuring we don't get ripped off spent taxpayers' money in an inappropriate venue such as Hooters, or at such pricey restaurants.

The consumer watchdog charged taxpayers about £38,000 in total for food and drink in the last two years. Naturally some of this will have been legitimate spending on subsistence for staff who were travelling on business but, as these examples show, some of this spending was questionable or extravagant.

Other items of spending from the last two years that stood out were:

  • £90,000 on flights

  • £10,000 on stays at five-star hotels, including the Grand Hyatt, Cairo and Sunrise Beach Resort, Vietnam

  • £500 at a jeweller in Liverpool

  • £440 for a training course at the National Theatre

  • £386 at Lutyens, near St Paul's in London

  • £100 on food at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair


 

You can view the spending data below, or to download the full dataset, click here


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