On another occasion, Saltcoats & Stevenston councillor Alan Munro recorded on an expenses form that he had attended a meeting of the Licensing Committee on April 13 2010, but no other members of the Committee claimed for a meeting on that day, and no reports or minutes exist in Council records.
Cllr Munro’s mileage claims list meetings of the Licensing Committee on June 15, August 3 and October 5, all 2010. However, the official minutes of the meetings of June 15 and August 3 show the Labour councillor submitted apologies for absence. The October 5 minute does not include Alan Munro’s name amongst the councillors who attended, although on that occasion no apologies were tendered for his absence.
On two of the claim forms – relating to June 15 and October 5 – Cllr Munro also claimed to have attended the Licensing Board – a separate body from the Licensing Committee – and meetings of the Labour Group of councillors. However, on each of these days Mr Munro claimed for two separate journeys between his home in Stevenston and Council headquarters in Irvine, suggesting he attended morning meetings of the Licensing Board, returned home to Stevenston, failed to appear for afternoon meetings of the Licensing Committee, but did return to Irvine for Labour Group meetings.
On August 3 2010, Alan Munro again claimed a double journey between Stevenston and Irvine but, as previously stated, Council records for that day record him as having submitted ‘apologies for absence’ to the afternoon meeting he charged for attending.
the3towns’ investigation also uncovered that Cllr Munro submitted 34 separate mileage claims where he listed the reason for journeys as “Members Services”. Despite councillors being told they must provide a “detailed description of approved duties” to which journeys relate, all 34 of Cllr Munro’s “Members Services” claims were paid by the Council, netting him £176.80.
For the calendar year of 2010, Alan Munro’s expenses claims record him travelling 1,691 miles, mainly between Stevenston and Irvine, which saw him paid £676.40.
In addition, for the financial year 2010/11, the Labour councillor charged the public purse £807.52 to cover phone and IT bills. In total, Alan Munro’s expenses for the last financial year cost local taxpayers £1,570. This was on top of his councillor’s salary of £16,233.