A FULL review of public sector expense claims has been launched following Friday’s revelations that the chief executive of Health claimed for missed guitar lessons.
Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf said that the review would ensure that all claims were ‘appropriate’. It is understood that it will focus on the procedure used to sign off senior officers’ expense claims.
The JEP has learned that such claims are approved by a chief officer’s finance director. Questions are therefore being asked about how appropriate it is that a boss’s claim is being put before one of his or her subordinates.
There is, at this stage, no suggestion that Health chief Mike Pollard, who earns in excess of £150,000 a year, broke any rules or guidelines in claiming for the lessons.
States chief executive Bill Ogley said that he was confident his senior colleagues would be shown to have behaved properly.