Magazine article Public Finance

Auditors Might Look into Expenses Row

Magazine article Public Finance

Auditors Might Look into Expenses Row

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Public spending" watchdog Audit Scotland is considering" carrying out a detailed investigation into Scotland's largest transport authority following a row over expenses and trips abroad.

In the midst of the controversy, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport chief executive Ron Culley and its chair, Glasgow councillor Alastair Watson, stood down on health grounds.

The vice-chair, South Lanarkshire councillor David McLachlan. has also left. He claimed the SPT had received 'unjust criticism, which has reflected on me'.

The call for an investigation by Audit Scotland was made after a Freedom of Information request disclosed that SPT officials claimed about £120.000 in expenses between 2006 and 2009. Eleven directors and executives visited destinations including China, India. Italy and the US. …

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