The Mail on Sunday has an investigation into expenses claims of Council Chief Executives. They have used Freedom of Information requests into more than 100 of them. There are only a few examples highlighted which may suggest that most are reasonable – certainly compared to those of MPs.

But there are certainly some questions raised. Should a Chief Executive of Liverpool Council really be spending three nights at The Dorchester Hotel in London for a Human Resources awards ceremony? (Liverpool didn't even win.)

Should the former Chief Exec of Shropshire Council really be charging her £2,102 corporate membership of the Royal Overseas League in London?

What authority do these people have to challenge wasteful spending elsewhere in the Council when they behave in this way?

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