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CHARNWOOD Borough Councillors claimed over £350,000 in expenses

CHARNWOOD Borough Councillors claimed over £350,000 in expenses

CHARNWOOD Borough Councillors claimed over £350,000 of expenses in the previous financial year.

The authority recently published the full details of what the previous council members claimed from April 2014 to May 2015.

And the £350,000 total includes £2,895.64 claimed by some councillors for broadband usage which they are no longer allowed to claim for following recommendations by an independent panel.

All councillors receive a basic allowance of either £4,770 or £4,810.

There are also allowances for taking up positions such as those in the cabinet or shadow cabinet, or for doing certain jobs.

On top of those councillors can also claim for things such as mileage, fares, expenses and in the last term they could still claim for broadband.

Coun David Slater, the leader of the Borough council claimed the most, a total of £18,031.53.

That was largely due to the allowance for being the leader of the council of £11,903.31 which is on top of the basic allowance of £4,700. He also claimed £71.17 in broadband allowance, £607.10 in fares and £652.95 in mileage.

The £607 in fares claimed was almost all of the £627.07 claimed by all the councillors combined.

He said: “The expenses have to include such things as the fares and parking charges and because the local government head office is in London, I quite frequently have to travel down there.

“As is the policy of the authority, I travel there by second class train.

“That £600 relates to about seven trips to London where the local government meetings are.

“I think as far as expenses we claim them quite carefully. Most councillors don’t claim mileage expenses. I myself don’t when travelling on council business around Charnwood.

“Quite a few don’t claim broadband, though that expense has ended now anyway. I know there are a few that also don’t claim their special responsibility allowance so I think we councillors are very careful in the money that we claim.”

 

Source: Loughborough Echo http://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/local-news/councillors-claim-over-350000-expenses-9753975

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