1st June – Local Councillors claim no expenses
Councillors Dale Heenan and Glenn Smith have submitted no claim forms in 2009/10!
Over the last 12 months we have seen lot's of controversy with our MP's across the Country and their expenses. I am very pleased to say that once again Glenn Smith and I have not submitted a single claim form to claim a single penny in expenses. In the 5 years I have been a Councillor, I have never, and will never, submit a expense claim form to Swindon Borough Council!
An Independent Renumeration Panel has looked at Councillor Allowances and Expenses and I was interviewed as part of the review.
I forcefully put across that expenses should be scrapped, unfortunately the system stayed in place. When someone is elected, they are fully aware they receive an allowance for their time and to help contribute to the costs of being a Councillor. Expenses for items like travel has no place at the local level.
Cllr Dale Heenan