City cuts expense claims
CITY of Perth elected members will no longer be able to claim expenses for clothing, drycleaning, personal presentation, protocol gifts, glasses or contacts, or personal donations.
Commissioners approved new policies covering the reimbursement for expenses, and travel and related expenses at a council meeting last week.
Elected members could previously claim clothing, dry cleaning and personal presentation costs up to $3000 per annum
Commissioner Andrew Hammond said that in abolishing those expenses, the City was providing a new, equitable framework in line with good governance.
The City has provided additional childcare reimbursement options for elected members or commissioners’ attendance at an “authorised function” at a maximum of $25/hour.
A carer may also be reimbursed for childcare costs while attending an authorised function, which includes council meetings and briefings, electors’ meetings, authorised training and development activities, civic receptions and events where the elected member is invited by a City stakeholder.
Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said the new childcare provisions were not sexist as “a carer can be male or female”.
Mr Lumsden said that if a bona fide event wasn’t covered in the policy, the council could resolve it.