Details of the expenses paid to members of Argyll and Bute Council during 2014-15 have been published.
The largest sum paid in expenses was £19,353.61 to Liberal Democrat councillor Robin Currie, a resident of Islay and the authority’s lead councillor for community and culture and strategic housing.
That meant a total of £42,984.52 was paid to Mr Currie in salary and expenses during the year from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
The sums paid to Bute’s three councillors were as follows.
Robert Macintyre (chair of Bute and Cowal area committee):
Salary - £19,734.67
Car and van mileage - £1,008.00
Reimbursed travelling expenses - £38.70
Travelling expenses paid on behalf of councillor - £473.20
Telephone and ICT expenses (met directly by council) - £165.72
Total expenses - £1,685.62
Total salary and expenses - £21,420.29
Len Scoullar (provost and lead councillor for island affairs)
Salary - £25,007.25
Car and van mileage - £4,756.50
Use of provost’s car - £2,575.14
Reimbursed travelling expenses - £160.47
Travelling expenses paid on behalf of councillor - £934.46
Subsistence (accommodation) - £369.32
Subsistence (meals) - £26.90
Telephone and ICT expenses (met directly by council) - £563.64
Total expenses - £9,386.43
Total salary and expenses - £34,393.68
Isobel Strong (councillor)
Salary - £16,748.79
Car and van mileage - £1,469.70
Travelling expenses paid on behalf of councillor - £600.00
Telephone and ICT expenses (met directly by council) - £407.93
Total expenses - £2,477.63
Total salary and expenses - £19,226.42
By way of comparison, council leader Dick Walsh was paid a salary of £33,306.75 and expenses of £9,362.40, making a total £42,669.15.