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BBC under fire over leaving party expenses

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 24, 2011 | 1 min read

The BBC has been accused of squandering over £70,000 of license fee payers cash on a series of lavish parties for departing members of staff.

The corporation, which is in the middle of an efficiency drive to reduce costs, spent over £20,000 at exclusive London restaurants and bars whilst nearly £50 grand was lost on alcohol at various awards ceremonies, parties and lunches.

Individual expenses claims included a £581 bill for 17 people at the Paradise gastro pub in Notting Hill, whilst another group of BBC staff lost £595 in a single night at Stinging Nettle pub, adjacent to White City.

A BBC spokesman said: “In the past it has been considered suitable to mark the departure of key individuals with a dinner or reception to recognise years of loyal service or a particularly valuable contribution.

“More recently we have cut back dramatically on all events, including leaving parties. Such events are now rare and of a modest nature.”

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