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Struggling college ends corporate cards after former head's £40,000 expenses splurge

A COLLEGE has ended the use of corporate cards for senior staff after its former principal claimed more than £40,000 in “lavish” expenses within five years.

Dame Asha Khemka at West Nottinghamshire College spent £41,666.96 between 2013 and 2018 on the card for multiple visits to fine-dinning restaurants, five-star hotels and a private members’ club despite earning an annual pay package which reached £262,000 in 2017, the FE Week found.

None of the expenses were paid back to the college.

The University and Colleges Union’s regional official Sue Davis said: “It is deeply disappointing to see how the former principal was lavishing corporate funds at a time when college finances were being squeezed and staff pay held down.

“It is important that all senior spending is fully accountable, so it is encouraging that the college has now tightened its policy on the use of expenses.”

The college has promised to clamp down on expenditure in light of the news and the financial difficulties it was facing.

Ms Khemka stepped down from her position in October after it was revealed that the college received a £2.1 million emergency bailout in July.

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