Thursday, 22 December 2011

Councillor told to apologise for inappropriate expenses claims

A COUNCILLOR has been told to make a written apology after inappropriately claiming £350 in expenses.

Conservative councillor Barry Lobbett, who represents Bedworth North on Warwickshire County Council, inappropriately claimed more than 880 miles of travel expenses last year and has now been publicly reprimanded for the claims by the council’s standards committee.

Coun Lobbett had made £350 of inappropriate claims - including for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council duties, for electioneering and for getting to and from a council officer’s retirement party. Conservative county council leader Alan Farnell demanded his colleague repay the cash. During further investigation Coun Lobbett insisted he misunderstood the rules.

My comment: That's what all people say when the are caught fiddling their expense . However, only elected representatives can get away a mild slap on the wrist. Any of his constituents who did the same would probably face the sack or even jail for fraud.

Read the full story from the source Coventry Telegraph

1 comment:

  1. This is the 2nd Tory county councillor I have found out making improper claims. The last one was Cllr martin Heatley who ran up £8,500 claims in one year. He was big crook who even claimed for the 32nd of March - the sad thing is that the council paid!