Regulations decided by the Scottish Government set out the allowances and expenses councillors can be reimbursed for in carrying out their duties as an elected member. These allow councillors to claim a mileage or travel allowance for agreed duties, such as attending committee meetings, community council meetings or visiting individual constituents requiring help or advice. Additionally, overnight accommodation is reimbursable if a councillor is required to stay overnight away from home, to undertake their duties. This is quite often the case if I have two days of meetings in Inverness, when it is cheaper and more time efficient to stay over, rather than travel up and back to Lochaber. Likewise, covering a huge geographical ward involves attending evening meetings, across the Ardnamurchan peninsula. So rather than leaving a meeting early to catch the last Corran Ferry or drive the long-way round via Lochailort late at night, I choose to stay at a good value local Bed and Breakfast. Since April 2015, councillors have been able to have the cost of lunch taken at council headquarters deducted from their monthly expense payment, this was aimed at saving the council £15,000 per year. I have opted to make this voluntary contribution.

Although councillors annual remuneration and expense payments must by law be published by the Highland Council on a yearly basis, I believe this isn’t sufficient. This report only publishes the overall figures reimbursed, rather than any detail, so I have decided to publish my own expense claims on this website every month so that constituents can see exactly why I have made a particular claim.

Expense Claims 2016/17

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016


Expense Claims 2015/16

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015 (submitted with May expenses)