Expenses claims revealed

Pictured Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell and Chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, Jane Kenyon at the opening of the new police station in Harrogate
Pictured Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell and Chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, Jane Kenyon at the opening of the new police station in Harrogate
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EXPENSES claimed by Whitby and district’s borough councillors for the past year have been revealed.

In total the council’s elected members across the whole borough claimed a total of £25,009 in 2011/2011 to cover expenses incurred.

The money was on top of their basic allowances which in 2011/12, was £3,837.96.

This money, which is paid automatically to councillors in monthly instalments, increases as members take on additional roles and responsibilities, such as chairing committees or becoming a cabinet member.

The maximum basic allowance is awarded to the leader of the council, Coun Tom Fox, who automatically received a basic allowance of £15,351.84 last year.

These sums are automatic entitlements and are not automatically claimed however, members can choose not to claim them.

In total, 65 councillors served during the 2011/2012 period, although the figure is inflated over the previous year, due to the fact there was an election.

Over half of those claimed additional expenses for either travel or subsistence.

According to the council figures, the biggest claim by any councillor during the period was Coun Jim Preston, who represented the Esk Valley Ward and stepped down last year claimed £3,115.08 in travel costs almost all of which was for petrol which councillors can claim if they use their car on council business.

Of the 33 who did claim expenses, 17 solely claimed a petrol allowance while those remaining claimed additional costs for incurring costs such as taxi and train fares as well as the cost of their meals while away from Scarborough.

The allowance structure is set by an independent panel and although councillors can use their basic allowance for fulfilling their duties without having to provide receipts to show how the money has been spent, claims for either travel or sustenance must be claimed with a valid receipt.

A council spokesman said the allowances would increase in line with the pay awards of local government employees, which have been frozen since 2009.

Whitby and districts borough councillors’ claims were:

Alf Abbott (West Cliff) £227.58 internet; John Armsby (Mulgrave) £255 internet, £1,297.15 travel; David Chance (Mayfield) £277.58 internet £871.25 travel £11.72 subsistence; Dorothy Clegg (Streonshalh) £54.96 internet, £1,278.72 travel; Marie Harland (Mulgrave) £255 internet, £484.11 travel; Jane Kenyon (Mayfield) £3,837.93 responsibility, £278.93 travel; Tim Lawn (Esk Valley) £255 internet, £1,644.35 travel; Jane Mortimer Fylingdales) £255 internet, £3,070.44 responsibility, £1,816.63 travel; Joe Plant (West Cliff) £255 internet, £2,373.07 responsibility, £673.59 travel; Herbert Tindall (Danby) £1,106.57 responsibility, £1,859.69 travel.

l Councillors who are no longer on the council: Jim Preston (Esk Valley) £135.53 internet, £3,115.08 travel, £11.94 subsistence; Stephen Leadley £27.42 internet; Mike Ward £27.42 internet, £411.34 travel.