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Chief Execs' expenses under scrutiny

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The expenses of council chief executives have come under the spotlight following Freedom of Information requests into their claims over the past four years.

The Mail on Sunday said its investigation showed claims on council taxpayers of £622,058.57 - although it conceded most were within the rules.

The paper said the average charge over the four-year period was £1,600 with many chief executives claiming only mileage.

Among those named were Christopher Trinick, the former chief executive of Lancashire County Council, whose claim for more than £25,000 in a year was said to include over £1,100 on a council delegation’s two-night hotel stay in London.

The report said items for which some chiefs had been reimbursed included noodles, a sports watch, membership of a club 140 miles away and stamp duty. Others included a £1.30 soft drink, a 60p car park ticket and a car mileage request for 45p.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker called for a reform to the expenses system, adding: “Some of these claims are completely indefensible.

“This tawdry tale of junkets and jollies for people earning almost a quarter-of-a-million pounds a year is matched only by their pathetic attempts to claim back 60p parking tickets.”

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