Edinburgh Council’s vice finance chief has been criticised after claiming support virtually £1,500 of taxi fares.
Lezley Marion Cameron’s journeys sing 23% of the authority’s £6,524 councillors‘ taxi bill since Might perhaps well merely 2017.
The claims consist of journeys to the cinema, even supposing Ms Cameron insisted these were connected to her council feature.
Ms Cameron, the authority’s vice convener of finance and sources, mentioned she would pay support charges for any inner most journeys.
She mentioned she in most cases outmoded taxis for causes of health or inner most safety, if she used to be operating gradual or if requested to support an tournament at rapid peep.
The Labour councillor charged taxpayers for 80 separate journeys in the location of a one year in conjunction with more than 50 to or from her home tackle.
Barrelhouse Bar and Grill
A freedom of information ask revealed that as fragment of £695 spent on taxis in the 2018/19 monetary one year, Ms Cameron billed taxpayers for a taxi to her home from the Barrelhouse Bar and Grill.
She claimed for a shuttle to the cinema at Fountainbridge, a return hasten to the Vue cinema at the Omni Centre and a return shuttle to a Labour assembly at the Jewel Social Club.
The councillor additionally charged for a £10 shuttle which began and ended at Cumberland Street.
Ms Cameron mentioned the two cinema journeys were for screenings of Outlaw King and Avengers Infinity Battle, which she mentioned she attended on behalf of Film Edinburgh, connected to her council feature.
She added: „I could repay the inner most journeys. I will exhaust a taxi if I am operating later or if I am requested at rapid rapid peep to sub for a colleague. I originate no longer know how inner most ones have ended up on there.
„I am regarded as one of the essential busiest councillors and I even have fairly quite a lot of meetings throughout the metropolis both for constituents and as my feature in the administration.
„On a strictly inner most expose, I even have additionally outmoded murky cabs all the draw in which by enjoyable my council duties when, for health causes when riding or going by bus is never any longer an risk and, given the variable and intensive hours of working. Most often for causes of inner most safety, I engage a taxi.“
The councillor has been chosen to fight the following frequent election for the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency.
Cammy Day, City of Edinburgh Council deputy leader and Labour neighborhood leader, mentioned: „I suspect there is a replacement of inquiries to be requested about taxis exhaust – so we have requested for more files from senior officers.
„Any one who makes exhaust of taxis for inner most causes ought to quiet no longer be charging the taxpayer for it. She has a responsible space within the administration and I am definite she’s going to enact the lawful thing.“
Opposition politicians have known as for Ms Cameron to apologise.
Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP, mentioned: „At a time when public funds are under such tension this is clearly a flagrant misuse of taxpayers‘ money.
„Elected representatives are entitled to bid for accurate hasten charges to meetings but attending occasion political meetings is never any longer acceptable.
„This money would possibly per chance well also were attach to essential better exhaust to lend a hand a diversity of causes – in opposition to councillor Cameron the utilization of it for her cling inner most existence.
„I hope Councillor Cameron will apologise and the money which has been wrongly claimed ought to quiet be paid support to the council.“
Neil Ross, Lib Dem finance spokesman, mentioned: „Labour councillors are fleet to focus on about the want for fairer funding for the council.
„Yet here we have regarded as one of their very cling quantity claiming support public money for taxi journeys to the cinema.
„I suspect councillors have an responsibility to act responsibly and undergo in mind that every penny spent on hasten is money no longer being dispensed to core public companies and products.“