As I come to the end of another year as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor, again people have asked about the expenses that I have claimed during the year.
In the interest of transparency and openness the following details all the monies I have received during 09/10.I receive a basic councillor allowance of £10,711.00 plus an additional allowance of £9,265 as Chairman of the Goole and Howdenshire Local Action Team. (which is subject to tax and national insurance)
I am able to reclaim expenses to cover the cost of travel when on council business and also food or subsistence. I am also entitled to an IT allowance to purchase computer equipment over the 4-year term of office, and an annual IT maintenance allowance.
Looking back over the past year, there have again been many weeks I have worked more than 40 hours in my role as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor. I represent Howdenshire, which is one of the largest wards geographically in the East Riding that stretches to 15 Parishes. As Chair of the Goole and Howdenshire Local Action Team I cover an additional area including places as far south as Adlingfleet, and west to Snaith and Gowdall. During 09/10 I have again driven approximately 6,000 miles as a Councillor, many of which have been to evening meetings, in addition to the daytime meetings at County Hall, and site visits as part of my role as a member of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Planning Committee.
In the year 09/10 I have claimed and received total of £3,095.98 (which is also subject to tax) relating to travel on council business, for which detailed claim forms and receipts were submitted.
I have claimed no expenses for food or subsistence whatsoever, as I would not ask the taxpayer to feed me.
I have also been paid £143:00 IT maintenance allowance.
As a further measure of the work as a Councillor, I have received 3,225 emails and sent 1,414 from my personal Councillor email address in the past year. This is in addition to the large number of phone calls and letters.