City cuts ex­pense claims

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Denise S. Cahill

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.

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