Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My 09/10 Council expenses

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.


Andrew Allison said...

Good to see you publishing your expenses again, Paul. I urge all of your colleagues to do the same.

Andrew Allison
Taxpayers' Alliance

Anonymous said...

This financial declaration should be made compulsory not only for main line and local politicians but for all post in the public sector ie NHS etc

NCE said...

Well done Paul, and "here here" to Andrew Allison. Lets see everyones expenses published on the internet. I presume all Cllrs do know how to use email and the internet?


Anonymous said...

I agree with NCE all income should be declared that comes from tax payers, including business that have favoured "approved supplier status" to the council that happen to be councillors, it's all very cosy