Health and safety gone mad (with our cash)

September 22, 2011 1:41 PM

Another week, another example of wasteful spending on Government Procurement Cards (GPCs). This time, it’s the Health Protection Agency who have indulged at taxpayers’ expense. Their spending on GPCs cost taxpayers over £3 million in 2008-09 and 2009-10. At a time when families are cutting back on luxuries, the HPA spent £1,200 at a four-star mansion.

When a government health body spends £60 on golf equipment, and almost £600 at a garden centre, it is easy to see why taxpayers are so frustrated with the lack of accountability that quangos face. Spending transparency will help improve this and research like ours will help inform the debate.

As we’ve mentioned before, GPCs are meant to be more efficient than asking staff to buy products themselves and claiming back the money. It is disappointing to see that this system is being taken advantage of and it simply can’t continue.Another week, another example of wasteful spending on Government Procurement Cards (GPCs). This time, it’s the Health Protection Agency who have indulged at taxpayers’ expense. Their spending on GPCs cost taxpayers over £3 million in 2008-09 and 2009-10. At a time when families are cutting back on luxuries, the HPA spent £1,200 at a four-star mansion.

When a government health body spends £60 on golf equipment, and almost £600 at a garden centre, it is easy to see why taxpayers are so frustrated with the lack of accountability that quangos face. Spending transparency will help improve this and research like ours will help inform the debate.

As we’ve mentioned before, GPCs are meant to be more efficient than asking staff to buy products themselves and claiming back the money. It is disappointing to see that this system is being taken advantage of and it simply can’t continue.

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