The BBC have this story tucked up nicely on it’s website…
A credit card bill of £6.5m was run up by staff at a quango tasked with making police forces in England and Wales more efficient, disclosures after a freedom of information request have revealed.
The National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) incurred the costs in the financial years 2008-9 and 2009-10.
Spending on commemorative coins and karaoke equipment was revealed.
The NPIA said it is “bearing down” on spending but there was a “perception of wastefulness” in its “early days”.
It said it had “significantly reduced” the amount spent through the use of credit cards by 33%, from £3.6m in 2009-10 to £2.48m in 2010-11.
Ministers plan to phase out the quango, which was set up in 2007 to help forces in England and Wales to save money.
Its functions will be transferred elsewhere.
Much of the costs by staff at the quango were incurred as a result of train or airline tickets and hotel accommodation for staff who travelled on business.
However, a taxi bill of nearly £100,000 has been revealed along with expenditure on a diverse range of items including £828 on judo apparatus, £105 on pottery, £55 on karaoke equipment – and £28 on lingerie.
WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!
The body set up to MAKE us save money has spent £6,500,000 on stuff that doesn’t sound much like normal business ‘wear and tear’…
My thanks to the …. thebinarysurfer for that one…