British Gas spent £55k sending managers on £140-a-head ’jolly’ to Alton Towers before hiking customers bills by £76

BRITISH Gas splashed out on a £55,000 treat for managers with a trip to Alton Towers – days before millions of customers faced a price hike.

Almost 400 senior members of staff from across the country were given exclusive VIP access at a cost of £140 per person.

 British Gas employees enjoyed an overnight stay at Alton Towers

The lavish working holiday came in the same week homeowners were told of a 12.5 per cent rise on their energy bills.

A whistle blower employee told the Sunday Mirror: “I was looking for my boss and I couldn’t find him anywhere.

“Then one of my mates said, ‘You’ll never guess where they are’. It’s disgusting.”

Another added: “It hasn’t gone down well. I think it’s disgusting that British Gas is splashing out this cash on jollies when they are treating their customers terribly.”

Employees were treated to an overnight stay at Alton Towers' Splash Landings Hotel following a recent internal restructure.

The guests enjoyed a two-course buffet lunch in the Secret Garden ahead of a "winter planning" conference, before after-hours to the theme park.

 The work trip has sparked criticism after the energy firm announced price hike for customeres

That evening, energy bosses sat down to a three-course meal in the hotel function suite where an entertainer sang Celine Dion covers.

A British Gas spokesman said the trip had not been funded by the energy price hike, which will see customers fork out £76 a year more on bills.

He added: "This was a working conference for our teams who manage our engineers.

"Our engineers do a vital job and this winter will help more than two million customers, keeping their boilers working and their homes warm, and we plan for this very carefully.

"Alton Towers was chosen simply because its conference centre was the only central location where colleagues from across the country could travel at minimal cost."

A typical one-day adult ticket to Alton Towers costs around £32, while an overnight stay would set the public back an extra £75.

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