May 23, 2009
councillors' expense claims revealed
expense claims of district councillors living in the Burnham-On-Sea
area has been unveiled this week.
records show Sedgemoor District Councillors claimed £315,884
in expenses over the last year, which was nearly
£2,000 up on the previous year, although the 2008-09 total
includes claims from two members who were not on the list in 2007-08.
leader Duncan McGinty received most, claiming £20,578.32,
which he put down to the high amount of travel he does.
councillor Cllr Dennis Davey (Burnham North) claimed a total of
£10,616.22, which includes £3,999.96 for his basic
allowance, plus £4,839.96 to cover his additional responsibilities
as the former Chairman.
Knoll councillor Cllr Bob Filmer claimed £7,038.60 which
included £1,188.60 for travel expenses, which he put down
to the high number of meetings he attends.
Eric Gill (Burnham South) put in a claim for £227 of travel
costs in a total claim for £4,226.96. Cllr Neville Jones
(Burnham North) claimed £4,852.11 which included travel
costs of £750.
Mike Mansfield (Burnham South) claimed £201.60 for travel
in a total claim of £4,211.91. Cllr Arthur Thorogood (Burnham
South) claimed £184.80 for travel in a total claim of £4,184.76.
Peter Burridge-Clayton (Burnham North), who has an allowance of
£3,999.96, claimed the full amount, but this did not include
anything for travel.
Highbridge, Cllr John Laband claimed just the basic allowance
of £3,999.96, while Cllr Joe Leach claimed £6,797.45
comprising £130.40 for travel and an allowance of £2,667.09
for his extra council responsibilities. Cllr Danny Titcombe claimed
a total of £4,169.54.
Tony Grimes (Berrow) put in a claim for £4171.16, which
included £171.20 for travel. Cllr Diana Bayliss (Wedmore
& Mark) claimed £3,763.96, including expenses of just
£64. Cllr Richard Burden (Wedmore & Mark) claimed £60.80
for travel in a total claim of £4,060.76.
district council spokeswoman stressed that 91 per cent of the
'expenses' are in fact salary which is taxed, meaning the only
true 'expenses' are for travel and subsistence. Travel is paid
at a rate of 40p per mile, which is far less than many business
organisations. Overnight accommodation and subsistence is paid
at a like-for-like rate and receipts are required.
here to see the expense claims for the last six years