Brighton councilor claims cycle mileage over spending Brighton News

A GREEN adviser has claimed £ 13.84 in cycle mileage to travel to meetings.

Avid advisor and cyclist Pete West led the rollout of new routes through Brighton and Hove last year.

His claim for reimbursement was revealed in newly released data for the fiscal year ending April 2021.

According to the council’s website, staff can claim 20 pence per mile in cycle mileage.

That would mean Cllr West traveled just under 70 miles – burning around 3,360 calories.

Unlike most of the other advisers, Cllr West did not ask for a bus pass or subsidized parking space.

Spending data shows Green Councilor Sarah Nield made the highest request for “travel and living”.

The claim of £ 116.80 was the cost of a train ticket to Manchester, where Cllr Nield attended a conference as part of her advisory role.

A spokesperson for the Green Group said: “[It was a] Living Streets Conference – Living Streets is the UK charity for safer walking and streets – and hosts the government-backed Walk to School week.

“They also provide resources and policy insight for initiatives such as school streets, public health and community engagement.

The spokesperson added, “Travel permits and travel expenses are designed to facilitate access to meetings and promote equity of access. All expenses are classified in the public domain.

“Councilors can claim travel expenses, as can council staff.”

The only other request for travel and subsistence was made by Labor adviser Anne Pissaridou, for £ 27.40.

Cllr Pissaridou said any claim for travel expenses would have been for travel to and from the Brighton and Hove City Council trash depot as chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee.

Due to the limited time, she said, some will have been made by taxi.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-27 04:15:20