A COUNCILLOR has demanded changes after the Examiner revealed a top director charged taxpayers for lightbulbs and batteries.
Kirklees Council employed North-East-based Julie Alderson as interim director of resources from October 2010 until February.
She was paid £10,000 a month during a four-month stint – with responsibility for cost-cutting.
Yesterday the Examiner revealed that Ms Alderson ran up £1,000 a month in expenses, including rent for a flat at Millroyd Mill in Brighouse and travel from the North-East to West Yorkshire. Click here for full story.
Kirklees also paid for her apartment costs, including: council tax, electricity; £11.52 for lightbulbs and batteries and £69 a month for food.
Clr Andrew Cooper, who leads the four-strong Green group on the council, called for reform of the expenses rules in the wake of the revelations.
The Newsome man said: “If we’ve received a bill for groceries, batteries and lightbulbs why haven’t we received a bill for toilet paper and toothpaste?
“Clear rules are obviously required for what are legitimate expenses.
“These should apply equally to councillors, staff and executive directors. Perhaps the new director of resources could draw up some clear guidance for us.”