Tuesday, 8 June 2010


Since 2005, my Birkdale colleague Councillor Simon Shaw has served as a member of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Human Resources Panel, the Local Government Pensions Committee and the NJC for Local Government Services/Chief Executives/Chief Officers.

As Simon is one of very few Sefton councillors to serve on any of these national bodies it means that he tends to be one of the councillors claiming the highest in travel expenses from Sefton Council.  In fact, most councillors claim no expenses, as travel expenses for travel to committee meetings etc in Bootle or Southport were scrapped in 2007.

Back in early November last year (Councillor's expenses), and in the interests of openness, Simon supplied detailed spreadsheets showing the amount he had claimed in travel expenses since 2005 for travel to meetings of the LGA in London.  We published those 5 spreadsheets ***HERE***.

At that time we published a spreadsheet showing details for the first 6 months of 2009/10 (i.e. April to September 2009).  Simon has now produced a spreadsheet showing details for the full year 2009/10 (i.e. the 12 months to March 2010).  It can be found ***HERE***.

In summary, for last year, Simon has claimed:
  • £933.61 in total, for 12 trips
  • an average of £77.80 per trip, which includes rail fares, tube fares and also hotel & subsistence on some trips (this compares with the Standard Open Return from Southport to London Euston which costs £254.00)
  • an average of £35.14 for hotel & subsistence for the 3 trips where he stayed overnight

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