All costs were racked up over a 5 year period by 450 Ofsted representatives on numerous credit cards. Ofsted released the credit card bills under the Freedom of Information Act, disclosing the true extent of where the money has been spent, including:
- £1,108.72 at the five star Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus
- £5,378.77 over nine months at private members club, the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London
- £470.49 at the Les Deux Salons restaurant and £323.40 at the Savroy Grill, a Gordon Ramsey run establishment
A spokesman for the organisation said “Ofsted inspectors, by the nature of their work, spend a great deal of time away from home and the office. There are robust controls in place to ensure the strict rules governing business expense claims by our employees are adhered to.”
Ofsted have stated that any personal transactions, including one for almost £600 in Sorrento, Italy, have been repaid.
Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance has said: “Ofsted is meant to spend its time and budget inspecting schools, not on fine dining in the West End.”
He went on to say that “When inspectors do have to travel they should stay in modest accommodation and certainly not five-star hotels or private members’ clubs.”
The 2013/2014 credit card bill for Ofsted is expected to reach £727,963, bringing the total for the 2009/2014 period to a staggering £3.9million
With Ofsted under scrutiny for not only a £4million spending spree but, in some peoples opinion, unreliable inspections, what do you think the watchdog should do to regain the public’s trust?