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Fall in expenses claims as council continues to tighten its belt

Thursday, June 5, 2014
8.51 AM

Total expenses claimed by councillors sitting on East Cambridgeshire District Council fell in the last financial year - by half a per cent.

According to figures released by the authority, councillors pocketed a total of £213,298.36 in the 2013/14 financial year, compared to a total of £214,379.08 claimed the previous year.

The total bill to taxpayers fell by £1,080.72 – or about 0.5 per cent year-on-year.

Compared with 2009/10, however, when councillors claimed £250,032.35, the 2013/14 total represents a drop in claims of almost 15 per cent.

The latest figures show that each councillor is entitled to a basic allowance of £4,127.99, with a range of additional allowances available to them, including subsistence, IT and travel expenses.

By far the biggest claimant in 2013/14 was Conservative council leader James Palmer, who collected £13,634.06.

The second highest claimant was Cllr Tony Cornell, Conservative chairman of the council, who collected £8,187.52. Completing the top three was Conservative councillor for the Fordham villages, Michael Allan, who collected £7,826.33.

A total of five councillors, of the authority’s 39 members, claimed not a penny more than their basic allowance: Conservatives Sue Willows, Christine and David Ambrose Smith, Liberal Democrat Lindsey Harris and unaligned councillor Ian Allen.

To view the expenses in full, visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk