Vote to call cops over expenses

NILALC100809B1 - Ilkeston Town Hall
NILALC100809B1 - Ilkeston Town Hall
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Councillors have voted against calling the police in over £2,410 of overpaid expenses.

The call came at a council meeting on Thursday (October 10) after an internal audit last month revealed nine Conservative councillors had claimed too much on their mileage expenses.

Labour proposed a motion that members named in the audit should be ‘condemned’ and the report should be referred to Derbyshire Police ‘for their opinion on whether an illegal activities have occurred’.

Labour’s Cllr Louis Booth said: “Personally I think it’s criminal that you’re doing it.”

The motion was defeated after all the Tories voted against it.

Erewash Borough Council leader Cllr Chris Corbett said the claims represented just 0.1 per cent of all the allowances paid in the 10-year period covered by the report.

“I have seen no evidence of any systematic flouting of the expenses rules,” he said.

“Any mistakes have been very rare and have been due to human error and to the wooliness of the scheme’s regulations.”