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Scotland’s health minister ‘sorry’ – Asks taxpayers to pay his phone bill

Her health minister Scotland formally apologized today to the local parliament because returning from vacation he submitted for approval a hefty phone bill of over 12,000 eurosbecause his kids were watching a soccer game on his business iPad.

This case has put the local government in a difficult position, since it was revealed that the Michael Matheson requested that the bill of around £11,000 (€12,500) be paid with taxpayers’ money.

In at first the minister claimed that he was using the tablet for work purposes during his vacation in Morocco in late December to early January last year. But the opposition estimated it would need to send more than 8,000 emails to reach that figure.

Matheson told parliament today that his teenage sons watched a football match on his tablet.

Mistakes were made, by me, by my family“, he said, adding that he paid the money himself. “I should have paid more attention to the sim card and investigated better what exactly happened,” Matheson added. “I acknowledge this, take full responsibility and apologize unreservedly.” continued the minister, whose resignation has been demanded by the opposition.

Scottish First Minister Hamza Yousaf, whose party, the SNP, has been rocked by a scandal surrounding its funding, said “mistakes are made” and renewed his confidence in his minister.

Source: News Beast

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