Senior civil servants are claiming compensation for damaged clothing, according to a dossier leaked to the Daily Mail.
Workers are claiming tax-payer-funded money to pay for damaged handbags, shoes and laddered tights
, even if the workplace was not to blame for the spoilt items.
Should a female civil servant rip a pair of £5 tights at work through her own fault she can expect to receive £4.50, a ten per cent reduction in the original price.
A male employee who damages a £300 woollen suit could receive £225 it was a year old, or £150 if it was two years old.
It is not known how much money is claimed back each year, however the leaked document comes as a surprise after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude boasted this week that the civil service was making huge strides in cutting costs.
"We are creating a much leaner, more effective Whitehall machine that manages its finances like the best-run businesses," he said.
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