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Friday, July 29, 2011

UK Officials make tens of thousands of web visits on taxpayers' time and money

Civil servants are making tens of thousands of visits to betting, shopping and ‘role play’ websites while at work, official figures reveal today.

Freedom of information laws have forced the release of a list of the top 1,000 websites visited by thousands of Whitehall officials over a five-month period.

It shows ‘cyberslacking’ staff have spent their time monitoring live cricket scores, checking lottery results, booking holidays and even planning belly dancing lessons while being paid by the taxpayer.

Even a website dedicated to ranking MPs in order of attractiveness – sexymp.co.uk – appears on the list, with 21,477 hits making it the 463rd most popular website accessed.

Perhaps the most bizarre inclusion is preseed.co.uk, a site which sells ‘intimate moisturiser’. It ranks 625th having been accessed 13,295 times.

Another unusual entry is bearsfaction.org.uk, which received 27,634 visits, making it the 385th most popular site.

It is run by the Lorien Trust, Britain’s largest ‘live action role play system’, which invites users to ‘leave reality behind’ and ‘walk amongst goblins, elves and dwarves’. (more)