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MOD pen-pushers handed £42million for hotels and taxis but 24,000 injured troops denied compensation

DEFENCE chiefs have paid civil servants £42million in expenses — while refusing compensation to 24,000 injured troops

Between 2018 and 2019, military pen-pushers claimed £3.3million a month for stays in hotels, dining out, taxis, hire cars and parking charges.

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money was spent on stays in classy hotels less than a mile away from the MoD’s London HQ.

By contrast, almost 24,000 injured troops hoping for a small financial pay-off had their claims dismissed.

Troops with mental health issues, hearing problems and back and legs injuries had their bids thrown out.

Some were warned their cases may be fraudulent.

One soldier who suffered a hearing problem when a training grenade exploded near his head, was told he was not entitled to a penny because he could not prove the incident occurred while he was in the Army.

He faced a £20,000 legal bill after his case was dismissed by the High Court.

The soldier, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s one rule for civil servants and another rule for the troops.”

The MoD said: “Staff sometimes have to travel to fulfil their duties. We try to keep costs to a minimum.

“Abuses of expenses will result in disciplinary action or criminal proceedings.”

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