Councillors in East Herts are going to be billed for failed repayments a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Herts and Essex Observer report:

CASH pocketed unlawfully by most serving East Herts district councillors is to be clawed back by the authority.

Members will have the £35 IT allowance – paid monthly between May 2011 and March 31 2012 – deducted from their annual £4,747 during the coming financial year in a bid to recoup around £20,000 while ex-councillors will be invoiced.

However residents will have to swallow the bill for “non-recoverable” broadband and telephone charges the authority paid for former elected representatives after officials admitted: “Members were informed that lines would be cancelled, but the council did not act quickly enough to cancel lines. The errors were not of the councillors making.”

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.