Private meeting of Conservative councillors will discuss expenses allegations involving Cabinet member of Fenland Council
PUBLISHED: 11:59 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 06 December 2017
Council leader John Clark has confirmed that an investigation is under way at Fenland Hall into alleged irregularities in expenses claims filed by cabinet member Simon King.
Cllr King is both a Fenland district councillor and a Cambridgeshire county councillor.
Cllr Clark said Cllr King had issued a strong rebuttal of the allegations.
Cllr King is a self-employed management consultant//project manager and at Fenland Hall is portfolio holder for equalities & transport and also portfolio holder for open for business
The investigation is being headed by the council’s monitoring officer Carol Pilson and her findings will form the basis of a report by Cllr Clark to his Tory colleagues’ tomorrow night (Thu).
It will at that private meeting of all Conservative councillors that a decision could be made if Ms Pilson has completed her inquiries by then.
The allegations first surfaced on a Wisbech social media site and when the allegations were first put to Fenland Council on Friday the press office restricted their response to ‘no comment’ when asked to confirm or deny them.
Cllr Clark has since said the council’s monitoring officer has “deliberated” on the allegations and her recommendations will be instrumental in deciding the council’s next actions.
Councillor Sam Hoy, chairman of the conduct committee, is almost certain to have been approached about the investigation although she denies any knowledge of the probe into a fellow councillor.
All councillors can claim mileage – currently 45p a mile- to journeys undertaken on behalf of the local authority they represent.
However one former councillor told me expense claims can be problematic – for instance he said a colleague once filled in a claim for attending a school governors’ meeting. He said officials had to explain on more than one occasion that expense claims involving governors’ meetings needed to be filed to the county council, where he was also a member.
Cllr King has been contacted for a response.