Figures show the Department for Work and Pensions spent £5.2million on taxis and nearly £333,000 on business class flights between April 2013 and March 2017 – WHILST YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN GO HOMELESS & STARVE!
Ministers and civil servant s have notched £74million of luxury travel at taxpayer expense in the past four years. Figures show the Department for Work and Pensions spent £5.2million on taxis and nearly £333,000 on business class flights between April 2013 and March 2017. It also paid £33,500 for first-class rail travel.
The DWP said: “The business travel policy expects other alternatives to have been examined and exhausted. HOW EXHAUSTED IS A HUNGRY DWP BENEFIT CLAIMANT WHO’S DENIED BENEFITS FOR WEEKS BECAUSE OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT,? SANCTIONS? ESA/PIP DENIAL? BENEFIT CAP? IT MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL!!!!
“Where travel is appropriate it requires the use of the most cost-effective mode.” I’M “SURE” IT DOES!!!
The Department of Health spent more than £500,000 on taxis, £106,000 on first class train tickets and almost £100,000 on business cabin air fares.
At the Foreign Office , the bill for business class air fares was £17.8million, while £5.9million went on cabs.
And the Ministry of Defence spent £29million on business class air travel and £194,000 on first-class rail.
The Ministry of Defence said of its rail bill: “Standard class must be selected, unless there are exceptional circumstances.”
Among the other Whitehall divisions, the Brexit Department, set up in July 2016, spent £80,000 on business class flights in seven months.
It said: “The Department for Exiting the European Union always seeks to achieve value for money for the taxpayer and has therefore adopted a policy where, by default, all rail journeys should be standard class.”
Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne said: “Theresa May has claimed there was no ‘magic money tree’ for our public services but the Government seem capable of finding extra cash when it comes to paying for their lavish perks.”