Posted by: John Brace | 5 August 2015

Which St Helens councillor claimed £12 for a salmon dinner and a drink of Coke?

Which St Helens councillor claimed £12 for a salmon dinner and a drink of Coke?


Cllr Linda Maloney (Vice Chair of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) 30th June 2015

Cllr Linda Maloney (Vice Chair of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) on the left of the photo speaking at a public meeting on the 30th June 2015

Continues from Which Wirral councillor claimed £50 on taxis to and from a public meeting?.

Pictured on the left of the photo above is Councillor Linda Maloney who is a Labour councillor from St Helens. She is also Vice-Chair of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.

Last year she received a basic allowance from St. Helens Council of £7,626, plus a basic allowance of £8,070 as she is on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and a further £12,105 as she is Vice-Chair of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.

Despite receiving £27,800 from the taxpayer for her public duties as a councillor (although presumably she wouldn’t receive all of this as some would go on Income Tax and National Insurance), she still claimed from the taxpayer for a salmon dinner and a drink of Coke at a total cost of £12 at a time when there are many people in Merseyside reliant on handouts from food banks!

Councillor Linda Maloney expense claim page 1 of 3

Councillor Linda Maloney expense claim page 1 of 3

Councillor Linda Maloney expense claim page 2 of 3

Councillor Linda Maloney expense claim page 2 of 3

Councillor Linda Maloney expense claim page 3 of 3

Councillor Linda Maloney expense claim page 3 of 3

Sadly we were only allowed to inspect photocopies of the expense claims and receipts. As you can see from the receipts above, like Cllr Steve Niblock she also claims for journeys by taxi. Unfortunately the receipts obscure the reasons given on her expenses form for this expenditure.

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  1. […] Continues at Which St Helens councillor claimed £36 for 3 salmon dinners and 3 drinks of Coke?. […]

  2. Taxpayer robbing parasite .

  3. John,
    Isn`t it the same food and drink claim. They are identical claim forms and receipts. If so then has she really claimed 3 times or just the once?

    • I take your point. Sadly they only let me inspect photocopies.

      It is possible the same expenses form has been photocopied three times to show three different receipts (although why do that and include the same food/drink receipt each time?)

      There’s another receipt for staying at the Tavistock Hotel that I’ll check to see if it covers the same dates that this food and drink claim relates to. In order to give her the benefit of the doubt I’ll adjust the headline accordingly to just one claim rather than three.

      • No, I don’t get it. It’s the same receipt- for the same meal on the same date at the same time. What a greedy pig!

        What does ‘opp spoke’ on the expenses list mean please?

        Thank you Star

        • Opp Spoke stands for opposition spokesperson allowance. However as there are only two councillors in the “opposition” on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (one Conservative and one Lib Dem) I think the two opposition councillors have to decide which one will claim the opposition spokesperson allowance as opposition spokesperson for both political parties.

          I’m in the process of writing an appeal to ICO of this FOI request about Upton/West Kirby/Saughall Massie, but don’t hold your breath as I reckon the planning permission issue will be decided before ICO get around to deciding this one!

          • Thank you John,

            But they get paid different amounts? I’m aware that Leslie Rennie gets more from other allowances etc, so maybe that’s why Robertson received more? But is there an open, transparent payment system here? Eg, if there were 2 Lib Dem/ Conservative members, would they have to share the allowance? Sorry if this a stupid question to you, but I don’t know and don’t know how to find out.

            And yes, I’ve been following your FOI requests. I watched your last you-tube video of the last MFRA meeting which discussed risk and the fact that Wirral has more fire-related deaths per head than the rest of Merseyside too.

            So when MFRA members vote to agree that they can longer afford to sustain the safety previously afforded to the residents of Wirral due to central government cuts, I’d suggest they have a few less salmon and coke dinners, take a train to meetings and take a buttie! And if they don’t have a bottle to use tap water, then a bottle’s about 55p in any co-op!

            • As far as I remember each councillor can only claim one special responsibility allowance, so if they are entitled to two for example as opposition spokesperson and something else they’ll get the higher of the two.

              Cllr Lesley Rennie was opposition spokesperson from April 2014 to June 2014. She then became Lead Member for Operational Preparedness and as she can’t claim two special responsibility allowances stopped being eligible to claim an opposition spokesperson allowance.

              During June 2013 to June 2014 the opposition spokesperson allowance was £4,035 a year.

              Cllr Robertson was opposition spokesperson from July 2014 to March 2015. However a decision must’ve been made at the AGM to reduce the payment for opposition spokesperson to £2,018 a year.

              So it seems there’s just one opposition spokesperson for the opposition parties and not per a political party.

              The amounts paid and rules for claiming allowances for this time period would be detailed in the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority’s constitution for 2014/15 which can be found here.

              The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority’s financial year runs from April to March, but it’s civic year runs from one AGM to another (June to June of each year). It’s at the AGM that any changes to the constitution are agreed and the various versions of the MFRA constitution can be found here.

  4. Mr Brace, I am unsure myself with this one, however that is a way around several expense claims, if you do not look to close at the Receipt, Invoice or other Financial Statement and the person giving the information is or maybe obstructive. You would have to see the Original Claim and Original Receipt to Change anything in your article

    • The third example of the receipt shows that it’s for Jacques Wine Bar at the Tavistock Hotel. Each of the three receipts for the salmon are identical and each are dated the 12th June 2014.

      I can’t find a hotel receipt that tallies with it, although the same councillor did stay at that hotel later in the year as you can see below.

      Invoice Tavistock Hotel Cllr Hanratty Cllr Maloney

      Invoice Tavistock Hotel Cllr Hanratty Cllr Maloney page 2

  5. G’day John

    Much closer to home John in the local rubbish propaganda sheet.

    This from the labor cabinet member for Rock Ferry of all places.

    Wirral “Funny” Bizz was down Campeltown Road.

    Councillor Chris Meaden, Wirral’s cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said: “It beggars belief that anyone could do something so mindless and irresponsible, destroying valuable and well-used fitness equipment and committing acts of vandalism in areas where families visit and in areas that are of considerable local and historical significance.

    “We’ll be liaising with the police closely over these incidents, making every effort to identify who is responsible and doing what we can to prevent similar incidents happening again.

    “If anyone has any information about what happened, I’d urge them to report it to the police.”

    No Ms Muppet Meaden how can you talk about anyone being mindless and irresponsible after well and truly letting a business, Wirral “Funny” Bizz in your electorate knock off about £2,000,000.00 and not even prosecute the sitting ducks.

    How effing irresponsible is your “Kitchen Cabinet” letting Adderley keep paying these thieves for 18 months after the whistle was well and truly blown.

    You should be ashamed of yourself and I don’t care if you have kids or not you are a disgrace to your family and Wirral.

    I thought you women were just bullied by “Ankles” and “Phil the Dill” but your hypocrisy and that ugly vile woman with her comments about Lyndale have convinced me Wirral Labor is just rotten right through male and female.

    Pity you couldn’t liaise with the police over Raworth and Turnbull, “Highbrow” reported Wirral “Funny” Bizz and even had a crime number till “The Shyster” took over.

    So if it someone goes to the police and reports say for example “Ankles” new stepson then there would be no case to answer, but if it is say his next door neighbour down the north end he would be jailed.

    What a ROTTEN ROTTEN Borough and it is your lot the most irresponsible..



  6. £12.00 for a salmon dinner, christ even with two jobs, i have trouble some weeks buying food as the council has upper my council tax to the max! and now i know why!

    • Just to show you one example what some of your council tax is spent on at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (if the image is too small you should be able to click on the image for more high definition image):

      Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service invoice Jockey club Aintree Racecourse

  7. G’day John

    5.24am and I am up and still fuming over mad max meaden calling anyone irresponsible.

    As she says it beggars belief.



    These people make