In 2016/17 the total spend by all 51 Councillors on postage and delivery, was £3122, across 17 wards in Derby. £1287 (41%) of this was spent by Cllr Bolton, alone, for her “Welcome Letters” and regular ward reports. Many Councillors pay for printing and distribution costs from their own pockets, or through local fund raising, and avoid burdening the Council.
The breakdown of the £3122, by party, was:
Lib Dems £0
Incidentally, of the £2071 charged by 51 Councillors for Travel and Susbsistence in 2016/17 – £566 (27%) was charged by Cllr Bolton, alone. This was only topped by Cllr Rawson who claimed £910….most Councillors chose not to claim anything at all.
So, when Cllr Bolton had to resort to “hand-delivering” her reports, as opposed to using the postal system, she blamed the conduct of other Councillors by stating in her ward report ( below):
“This is due to the Council postal system being abused by some Councillors. Therefore all Councillors have to suffer because of a few being greedy and acting unprofessionally”
The evidence would suggest that she is the “few” that she is referring to and she has breached her obligation (Nolan principles) , as a Councillor, regarding “Honesty”, “Openness” and “Accountability”.
Cllr Bolton was also challenged by Derby News previously “Cllr Bolton “economical with truth” over failed Pledge on Children’s Homes”. She subsequently confessed in a Council Cabinet meeting, and agreed that the Pledge had not been achieved.
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