Birkdale's Councillor Simon Shaw is among the councillors claiming the highest in travel expenses from Sefton Council. This is because Simon is one of very few Sefton councillors who is a member of one of the Local Government Association's Boards or Panels, which meet in London. Simon has been a member of the LGA's Human Resources Panel and associated bodies since 2005 (including substitute member mid-2007 to mid-2009).
The key LGA bodies of which Simon is a member include:
LGA's HR Panel
Local Government Pensions Committee
National Joint Council for Local Government Services
Joint National Council for Chief Executives (also for Chief Officers)It was Simon who, in May 2009, first called for details of Sefton councillors Allowances and Expenses to be published on Sefton Council's website - this was agreed to by the Council's Chief Executive, Margaret Carney.
Details for 2008/09 are available here: http://www.sefton.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=9702
In the interests of openness, full details of Simon's expenses claims for travel to LGA meetings (by year) are available on the Birkdale Liberal Democrats website, follow the link to Councillors expences. This includes details for the first 6 months of 2009/10. (NB THERE ARE 5 SPREADHEETS TO REFER TO).