Shock £1million MoD spree revealed... days before 4,000 jobs get the axe

#1
PEN-pushers at the Ministry of Defence have squandered nearly £1million of taxpayers' cash on jewellery, eating out, cosmetics and an amusement park trip.

The spree is exposed days before ministers axe another 4,000 Armed Forces heroes to save money.

Official MoD figures lay bare the extraordinary amounts being spent on Government credit cards.

They include a bizarre bill for £8,769 on five "jewellery store" visits.

Another £6,012 was lavished on only two trips to cosmetics shops.

The figures, which give no precise details about what the money was spent on, were uncovered by Shadow Treasury Chief Secretary Rachel Reeves.

The Labour MP said: "I have been shocked. Why isn't the PM checking where hard-earned taxpayers' money is spent?" MoD staff forked out more than £200,000 on eating out last year, including a bill in October for £8,400 and another in July for £4,980. And £37,545 went on "entertainment and hospitality".

A £48,000 tab was run up in bars, pubs and nightclubs, topped up by £2,233 of purchases at off-licences.

Nearly £24,000 was spent in toy and game shops. Tens of thousands more went on one-off events — with posh caterer Carte Blanche being paid £33,910 in May.

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Splurge ... MoD spending
Splurge ... MoD spending
A couple of months later the MoD spent £34,322 promoting art exhibitions. Just TWO cinema trips cost £2,004 and £1,260 was spent on a couple of days out at a bowling alley.

More than £100,000 was splurged on laundry and dry-cleaning, plus £1,757 at children's clothes shops.

The figures emerged as the Army is poised this Tuesday to announce around 2,000 redundancies, with the Gurkhas expected to be hardest hit.

The Royal Navy and RAF will unveil plans to lose around 1,000 personnel each in the latest stage of plans to cut armed forces numbers by around 17,000 by 2015.

An MoD source said of the staff bills: "Unlike the last Government, we are publishing data so people can see what the military and civil service have spent money on."

The source added that some restaurant tabs include payments for staff staying in hotels for several nights.

The £1,050 on an "amusement park" trip was for army recruits to go go-karting — and some of the toys and games were for schools for service children.

The MoD said: "The vast majority of these items are necessary purchases by military personnel and civilians while on duty in the UK and abroad

As the saying goes you couldn't make it up, I wonder how much has been wasted on precurement and wining and dining the likes of BAE.
 
#5
A whole £1,000,000? They probably could have reduced redundancies of us 'heroes' by about four with that kind of extra cash.

Of course, then the kids in the Army school would have had to do without new toys, the recruits wouldn't have got a day of down time during their hero preparation and MOD employees would have had to pay for their own hotels while away on MOD business but it's a small price to retain as many as five or six extra heroes.
 
#6
The spin doctors have spun quite proper spending to "sound" shocking.

There is nothing wrong with the spending.
 
#8
Cigar Island. Where did you get this fictitious story from?

Citation please?
 
#11
PEN-pushers at the Ministry of Defence have squandered nearly £1million of taxpayers' cash on jewellery, eating out, cosmetics and an amusement park trip.

The spree is exposed days before ministers axe another 4,000 Armed Forces heroes to save money.

Official MoD figures lay bare the extraordinary amounts being spent on Government credit cards.

They include a bizarre bill for £8,769 on five "jewellery store" visits.

Another £6,012 was lavished on only two trips to cosmetics shops.

The figures, which give no precise details about what the money was spent on, were uncovered by Shadow Treasury Chief Secretary Rachel Reeves.

The Labour MP said: "I have been shocked. Why isn't the PM checking where hard-earned taxpayers' money is spent?" MoD staff forked out more than £200,000 on eating out last year, including a bill in October for £8,400 and another in July for £4,980. And £37,545 went on "entertainment and hospitality".

A £48,000 tab was run up in bars, pubs and nightclubs, topped up by £2,233 of purchases at off-licences.

Nearly £24,000 was spent in toy and game shops. Tens of thousands more went on one-off events — with posh caterer Carte Blanche being paid £33,910 in May.

Story continues below graphic

Splurge ... MoD spending
Splurge ... MoD spending
A couple of months later the MoD spent £34,322 promoting art exhibitions. Just TWO cinema trips cost £2,004 and £1,260 was spent on a couple of days out at a bowling alley.

More than £100,000 was splurged on laundry and dry-cleaning, plus £1,757 at children's clothes shops.

The figures emerged as the Army is poised this Tuesday to announce around 2,000 redundancies, with the Gurkhas expected to be hardest hit.

The Royal Navy and RAF will unveil plans to lose around 1,000 personnel each in the latest stage of plans to cut armed forces numbers by around 17,000 by 2015.

An MoD source said of the staff bills: "Unlike the last Government, we are publishing data so people can see what the military and civil service have spent money on."

The source added that some restaurant tabs include payments for staff staying in hotels for several nights.

The £1,050 on an "amusement park" trip was for army recruits to go go-karting — and some of the toys and games were for schools for service children.

The MoD said: "The vast majority of these items are necessary purchases by military personnel and civilians while on duty in the UK and abroad

As the saying goes you couldn't make it up, I wonder how much has been wasted on precurement and wining and dining the likes of BAE.
Gizzus a link then cuntflaps!
 
#12
I'm ****ing outraged so I am! Bloody kids ripping off 'our heros'!!!!!!



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An MoD source said of the staff bills: "Unlike the last Government, we are publishing data so people can see what the military and civil service have spent money on."

The source added that some restaurant tabs include payments for staff staying in hotels for several nights.

The £1,050 on an "amusement park" trip was for army recruits to go go-karting — and some of the toys and games were for schools for service children.

The MoD said: "The vast majority of these items are necessary purchases by military personnel and civilians while on duty in the UK and abroad
."……"
 
#15
what's wrong with toys for forces kids' school's? Trips for recruits? Functions etc. I think that's fine - I want visitors to our government departments to be impressed with as much power, opulence and gravitas as we can muster. Same for the royal family.
I don't agree with the cutting-back of our regular forces, but that's no reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
 

Wordsmith

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#16
There is always a certain amount of momentum in any system - it carries the system along before changes start to take effect. The system was clearly lax under Labour and its taking time to weed the piss takers out of the system. But eventually lax managers/COs who don't keep a firm hold on expenses will find themselves not promoted/shunted aside. And individuals who take the piss out of the system will end up repaying some of their expenses. Gradually a new mindset will take hold.

I work for a large multinational and will from time to time travel on expenses - most recently for as long as a fortnight. But I know what is acceptable and what is not. For example, I know I can have one or two glasses of wine with my evening meal, but that going on to a bar or club later has to be paid for with my own money. And I also know that if I try and put a receipt from a bar through on expenses I'll get a bollocking and have to repay it.

If you are able to claim expenses you have to realise that you are not spending your own money - you are spending the company's (or in the case of the MOD - the tax payers). And those expenses are to reclaim necessary expenses incurred on the MOD's or company's behalf. So hotel, food and travel costs are legitimate expenses; having a good time in the evening at someone else's expense is not.

I've got to say - having looked at the above list of MOD expenses - there are certainly items in it that should not have been approved.

Wordsmith
 
#17
Well, as a 'veteran' (by MOD's definition) and therefore a 'hero' (by the Sun's), but also a former 'pen-pusher' (Sun again) I find myself torn between outrage and defensiveness. But neither is enough to overcome my complete indifference to this mendacious nonsense.
 
#18
Are you outraged at the treatment of 'our heros' by the 'pen pushers'?

not one jot actually, civil servants and the like don't give and never have given a shit about the forces likewise most politicians, also where all this crap about hero's comes from is anyone's guess. It's used far to often. Modern times I suppose.
 
#19
not one jot actually, civil servants and the like don't give and never have given a shit about the forces likewise most politicians, also where all this crap about hero's comes from is anyone's guess. It's used far to often. Modern times I suppose.
You are so wrong.
 

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