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UK workers 'fiddle 1bn expenses'
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Workers in Britain reap about 1bn from 'expense claims', says Travelodge.

The 4,000 person survey showed 22% of workers, or 6.3 million people, "admit they regularly fiddle their company expense claims", Travelodge said.

Adult films at hotels, alcohol and clothes were common claims. Neutering a cat, a Caribbean cruise and a pregnancy test kit were among the odder ones.

On average people get nearly 15 per claim, or 175 per year, but only 4% of those surveyed have been caught out.


Around 5% of British workers "admitted to using their expense account to impress the opposite sex" and 8% of businessmen "took the liberty of claiming cash for hotel adult channels".

A greater proportion of men (34%) are likely to claim for alcohol on expenses than women (23%).

"Our research certainly highlights some outrageous flouting of expenses claiming policies," said Guy Parsons, chief operating officer at Travelodge.

"But it is everyday claims that are being manipulated on a more regular basis. Extra mileage claims or the odd bottle of wine whilst entertaining can really rack up a business' bill over the year," he added.

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