Monday, March 30, 2009

The cost of processing expenses.. and then some

If the expenses fiddles of MPs, along with other personal fiddling, was not bad enough I am currently mildy flabberghasted at the cost to the taxpayer of simply processing all the dodgy porno claim forms. According to Nick Harvey MP, representing the House of Commons Commission,
The direct staff cost of processing hon. Members' claims is forecast to be some £1.2 million for 2008-09.
It gets better though, Nick Harvey also went on to say,
This does not include IT or accommodation costs which cannot be disaggregated to this level.
Accommodation costs? There are expenses claims made during the processing of expenses because people need to stay in hotels? WTF?


Anonymous said...

Accomodation as in 'an office' not 'a hotel'

Oldrightie said...

The expense claims processing staff have to claim expenses too, Dizzy. So there are expense claims processing staff, expense claims processing stafff expense claim processing staff. At the bottom of this heap is a lap top and one operator on standby, filling out their claim.

Letters From A Tory said...

Civil servants are rather slow, aren't they. Perhaps if they sped up, people would realise how little work they actually do.