Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Quango’s £65,000 car bill

The Water Industry Commission for Scotland (Wics) has been spending about £1000 a month ferrying around senior executives, including trips home from an expensive restaurant for its chief executive, Alan Sutherland.

Set up in 2005, the commission’s key role is to regulate the country’s publicly owned water utility. It was criticised last year after it was shown to have spent thousands of pounds on lavish staff trips.

At that time, it refused to say how much it had paid to Cumbernauld-based CGL Chauffeur Drive to take its senior employees around the country.

However, it has now been forced to do so, after Scottish Information Commissioner Kevin Dunion’s adjudication on the dispute between the body and The Herald. The commission argued that because the luxury car fees were paid to a sole trader, releasing the figures would cause “distress” to the individual.

Entries note that the firm’s owner twice picked up the chief executive from Hermann’s, a restaurant in Stirling, to take him home. Last year.

SNP Lothians MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “At a time when families are struggling to meet the cost of living, especially with rising fuel bills, this is a ridiculous expense. There is simply no need for this kind of chauffeur service."

My comment: Couldn't have put it better myself.

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