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Lingerie, Domino’s pizzas and a £1,400 stay at the Dorchester: What council workers enjoyed at taxpayers’ expense as they spent £5m on credit cards in two years

Lingerie, Domino’s pizzas and a £1,400 stay at the Dorchester: What council workers enjoyed at taxpayers’ expense as they spent £5m on credit cards in two years

Staff at a cash-strapped council have spent more than £5million on takeaway pizzas, cosmetics, nightclubs and lingerie using company credit cards, it has emerged. Bosses at Essex County Council allowed 757 employees the use of council purchase cards, resulting in costly shopping sprees at the taxpayer’s expense.

The receipts include £644.45 on cosmetics; £3,600 ordering from Domino’s Pizza; £87,023.20 on costly hotel stays; £52,868.60 on theatre tickets and £3,827.21 spent in local bars and nightclubs. The spending figures – released following a Freedom of Information request – come just two months after a damning report from the Audit Commission slamming Essex County Council for ‘a lack of control over corporate credit cards’ dating back to 2009.

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Graham Smith | The Daily Mail | 21st of June 2012



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