Taxpayers' money wasted on government credit cards. Again.

September 06, 2011 10:34 AM

We’ve heard it all before. I wrote about it only last week. But once again, there’s news of another public body making the most of taxpayers' cash thanks to Government Procurement Cards (GPCs).

The Government Offices for the Regions, which are being closed down, spent a total of £5 million of taxpayers’ money on credit cards in the three years from April 2007 to March 2010. This includes over £1,500 at the theatre and more than £35 on chocolate buttons.

[caption id="attachment_40203" align="alignright" width="179" caption="Ben Dodson via Flickr"][/caption]

These figures expose the taxpayer-funded over-indulgence for which quangos have become renowned. Why would a quango need to pay £1,300 for a trip to the zoo? They could have looked in the mirror to see snouts in the trough.

A further example of this extravagance was the £400 used to go to a ski resort on the west coast of America. An additional £3,000 was spent on skiing and ski wear. I doubt much work for the regions was done on the slopes.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who would be interested to know how £275 spent at joke and party shops provided us with value for money. Dare I suggest they may have wanted to look the part while clowning around with our cash?We’ve heard it all before. I wrote about it only last week. But once again, there’s news of another public body making the most of taxpayers' cash thanks to Government Procurement Cards (GPCs).

The Government Offices for the Regions, which are being closed down, spent a total of £5 million of taxpayers’ money on credit cards in the three years from April 2007 to March 2010. This includes over £1,500 at the theatre and more than £35 on chocolate buttons.

[caption id="attachment_40203" align="alignright" width="179" caption="Ben Dodson via Flickr"][/caption]

These figures expose the taxpayer-funded over-indulgence for which quangos have become renowned. Why would a quango need to pay £1,300 for a trip to the zoo? They could have looked in the mirror to see snouts in the trough.

A further example of this extravagance was the £400 used to go to a ski resort on the west coast of America. An additional £3,000 was spent on skiing and ski wear. I doubt much work for the regions was done on the slopes.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who would be interested to know how £275 spent at joke and party shops provided us with value for money. Dare I suggest they may have wanted to look the part while clowning around with our cash?

Latest Blogs:

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

The sugar tax and the public finances

6:00 AM 05, Dec 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Working for the taxman

6:00 AM 26, Nov 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Further thoughts on the Autumn Statement

4:56 PM 24, Nov 2016 James Price

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Have we had too much austerity?

10:57 AM 23, Nov 2016 Alex Wild