Glasgow’s Lord Provost ‘sorry’ for £8,000 clothing expenses bill

Lord Provost Eva BolanderImage copyright Glasgow City Council
Image caption Lord Provost Eva Bolander receives a civic allowance

The Lord Provost of Glasgow has apologised and vowed to repay a few of her expenses, after dealing with criticism for charging £8,000 price of clothing to the general public purse.

On Tuesday it emerged Eva Bolander had claimed for 23 pairs of footwear.

In a electronic mail to council members, she defended the claims, “made in good faith”, with every “within the rules”.

However, she added that “on reflection”, she mustn’t have chosen to reclaim some objects.

She continued: “I am sorry about that and I am in discussion with financial services to come to an arrangement to repay the relevant expenditure”.

What did she declare?

The figures, obtained by the Daily Record underneath a Freedom of Information request, cowl claims between May 2017 and August this 12 months.

The paper reported Ms Bolander spent £1,150 on footwear, together with a single order for two pairs from Watford-based Sole Bliss which value £308.

The Lord Provost’s expenses additionally included £389 for Harris Tweed cloth, about £992 for 14 attire and £435 for seven blazers.

Ms Bolander – who earns £39,310 – had her nails performed 20 instances and claimed for 10 hair appointments totalling £751.

The costliest objects had been a pair of £358 spectacles and £200 hat from milliner William Chambers.

‘I’m sorry’

In a letter to councillors, the Lord Provost stated she was “privileged to represent and advocate for Glasgow”.

She stated that it had “always been recognised” that the provost’s function “carries an additional cost, taking place as it does almost entirely in the public eye”.

Ms Bolander justified the spending, saying that her function “must be open to any elected member of the council”, and that nobody be excluded from taking up the job “by not having the resources to carry out the role”.

She added that when submitting claims, she has at all times thought-about whether or not she would require the merchandise had been she not Lord Provost.

“Each has been made in good faith and scrupulously accounted for, within the rules”, she continued.

“Although the spending incurred was inside the guidelines, on reflection there are objects which I mustn’t have chosen to reclaim.

“I’m sorry about that and I’m in dialogue with monetary providers to come back to an association to repay the related expenditure.”

On Monday, a council spokesman stated: “The nationwide committee that oversees councillors’ pay recognises that the requirement to characterize their metropolis at a whole bunch of occasions means Lord Provosts typically incur private expenses.

“For that motive, the Scottish authorities allocates a civic allowance to every council.

“For Glasgow City Council, that is topic to a yearly most of £5,000.”

The civic allowance, which was launched by the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee, changed the clothing allowance and displays a councillor’s public profile.

For that motive the Lord Provost is eligible to assert greater than a backbench councillor.

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