Student councillors win travel expenses

Coun Paul Aitchison.
Coun Paul Aitchison.

TWO city councillors who are also university students have defended the decision for them to have their travel expenses to full council meetings paid outside term-time.

Councillors at a recent full council committee meeting approved a proposal from the pair asking to be reimbursed for travel back to the Lancaster district from their home towns.

The move means they will be paid the lowest rate of either mileage or train travel at times when they do not have a permanent residence in the city.

It will only include full council meetings, for which substitute appearances are not possible.

This is likely to include two meetings in July and September.

Couns Jonathan Dixon and Paul Aitchison – both Labour councillors for University ward in their second year at Lancaster University – would travel from Chesterfield and the Wirral respectively. The return fares are £25 and £10 with a student railcard.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-12-11) for full story.