Head re­signs over in­quiry into loo seat ex­penses claims

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Jamie John­son

A HEAD TEACHER on a six-fig­ure salary quit af­ter an in­quiry was launched into her sus­pi­cious ex­penses claims, in­clud­ing £35.99 for a lava­tory seat.

Jeanette Daw­son, 62, was prin­ci­pal of Bishop Bur­ton Col­lege in East York­shire for 14 years, but stood down last Oc­to­ber af­ter con­cerns were raised about her ex­penses, which to­talled £21,000 in just 18 months.

The £140,000-a-year teacher claimed £225 for a rug, £450 on three Waitrose shop­ping trips and £6,000 on ho­tels, as well as a £35.99 “White Wood T&G Toi­let Seat”, the BBC said.

Bishop Bur­ton Col­lege con­firmed Mrs Daw­son had re­signed af­ter it started the in­quiry into her ex­penses.

It said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion high­lighted a lack of trans­parency around the terms upon which ex­penses were in­curred in the past. This in­cluded a lack of clar­ity about hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pen­di­ture and how the col­lege ben­e­fited from this.

“Fi­nan­cial con­trols around ex­penses and credit card claims have since been re­viewed and tight­ened to en­sure there is greater scru­tiny and more trans­parency to pre­vent any re­cur­rence.”

Mrs Daw­son could not be reached for com­ment.

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