In my somewhat irregular feature “Let Them Eat Cake”, I was interested to read today that Anthony Stansfeld, Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has worked a nice little number with his travel expenses. I would think “call me Dave” is so proud.
David Cameron’s local crime tsar has been accused of setting up a sham office in a ‘cynical scam’ that increased his travel expenses by 6,000 per cent, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Anthony Stansfeld, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, could not claim for the cost of the 45-minute drive from his home to the force’s headquarters every morning.
He changed his main office to a single room in a police station just four miles from his house.
It meant Mr Stansfeld could then receive expenses for every journey he made to the police HQ, after briefly checking in at the smaller office.
In the first few weeks after the move he clocked up over 1,000 miles and was paid more than £450 of public money – a 6,181 per cent rise on the £7 he received the previous month.
And in a further twist, Mr Stansfeld has now become the first PCC to appoint a chauffeur to ferry him back and forth to work.
It means his mileage claims have ceased but it will cost taxpayers at least £20,000 a year for him to be driven around in an Audi.