UK Council slammed for spending 5m pounds to buy make up, fast food, trips to India
London, June 21 (ANI): Staff at one of Britain's largest County Councils have spent over five million pounds of taxpayers' money on corporate credit cards in the last two years, including fast food and trips to India, according to a report.
Members of Essex County Council used corporate credit cards to pay for restaurant visits, make up, hair cuts, dry cleaning and outings to bars and nightclubs, figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act have shown.
Figures showed that over 10,000 pounds was spent in record shops, nearly 90,000 pounds on hotels and resort stays and over 1,500,000 pounds on paying fines such as court fees.
Nearly 3,116 pounds was spent on six people staying at the Nan Lin Hotel in China, and 1,301 pounds for six people to stay at the Taj Lands End hotel in India, The Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, a spokeswoman for the council said the money, spent between December 2009 and April 2012, was mostly spent on buying 'necessary materials for children in care'.
The outings, luxury goods and were purchased directly for them, she said, with other items being used by staff working for their benefit.
Figures published by the Brentwood Gazette as part of an investigation into council waste found officers spent 5,136,145 pounds in 27 months.
Eric Pickles, local government secretary and Brentwood and Ongar MP told the paper the amount "strikes him as excessive".
"People at Essex County Council need to realise that it isn't Essex's money, it isn't the Government's money, it is the public's money and the public have a right to know how it is being spent," the paper quoted him, as saying. (ANI)
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