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GLASGOW'S Lord Provost has billed the taxpayer £8,000 for 23 pairs of shoes and other beauty and clothing items, it has been revealed.

SNP councillor Eva Bolander also claimed for six jackets at £374.50, five coats at £665, underwear at £152 and a £200 hat made by a designer Kate Moss during the shopping spree.

The Daily Record reports that she claimed back £751 of haircuts, glasses worth £358 and beauty treatments including getting her toenails painted. There were at least 20 nail treatments amounting to £479.

Her predecessor, Sadie Docherty, made no claims on the public purse between May 2015 and May 2017 but the councillor has claimed for more than 150 items between May 2017 and August 2019. 

Martin McElroy, a Labour councillor in the city, last night hit out.

He even likened the politician to Imelda Marcos who was the former first lady of the Phillippines who had more than 1000 pairs of shoes. 

He said: "These expenses claims are an absolute disgrace. We need an urgent review of the Lord Provost’s spending and maximum transparency.

“At a time when services are being cut, Glaswegians will not understand why their Lord Provost believes it is appropriate to charge the taxpayer for kitting herself out with a new wardrobe.

“Claiming for more than 20 pairs of shoes is frankly incredible. Does she think she is Imelda Marcos?”

In her role as Lord Provost, the Anderston and Yorkhill councillor chairs council meetings, represents the local authority on ceremonial occasions and receives ambassadors to the city. A civic allowance helps her fulfil public duties.

The Swedish-born councillor became the first EU national to be chosen at the city's Lord Provost. 

A council spokesman said: “The national committee that oversees councillors’ pay recognises that the requirement to represent their city at hundreds of events means Lord Provosts often incur personal expenses.

“For that reason, the Scottish Government allocates a civic allowance to each council. For Glasgow City Council, this is subject to a yearly maximum of £5000.”

We previously revealed that the council came under controversy after accepting a two-year-old black Rolls Royce Ghost to drive Lord Provost Eva Bolander to official events and for visiting VIP.

The gift, which came from Boyd Tunnock, cost around £235,305 brand new and has high fuel consumption.

Eva previously said: "I want Glasgow to show its best face to the world and this gift will help us do that.

“It’s a show-stopping car and a tremendous asset.”

https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17953345.shoes-city-glasgows-lord-provost-claims-8-000-clothing-beauty-treatments/

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She should represent the city and the citizenry clad in tracksuit and trainers. 

 

In fact, this should be the Provost's official garb. 

 

The present incumbent could follow the sterling example of the slag who wore a selliktap into the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, and make it a sellik tracksuit, coordinated with emerald trainers, and accessories. 

 

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Glasgow's Lord Provost 'sorry' for £8,000 clothing expenses bill

Lord Provost Eva BolanderImage copyrightGLASGOW CITY COUNCIL Image captionLord Provost Eva Bolander receives a civic allowance

The Lord Provost of Glasgow has apologised and vowed to repay some of her expenses, after facing criticism for charging £8,000 worth of clothing to the public purse. 

On Tuesday it emerged Eva Bolander had claimed for 23 pairs of shoes.

In a email to council members, she defended the claims, "made in good faith", with each "within the rules". 

However, she added that "on reflection", she should not have chosen to reclaim some items. 

She continued: "I am sorry about that and I am in discussion with financial services to come to an arrangement to repay the relevant expenditure".

What did she claim?

The figures, obtained by the Daily Record under a Freedom of Information request, cover claims between May 2017 and August this year.

The paper reported Ms Bolander spent £1,150 on shoes, including a single order for two pairs from Watford-based Sole Bliss which cost £308.

The Lord Provost's expenses also included £389 for Harris Tweed fabric, about £992 for 14 dresses and £435 for seven blazers. 

Ms Bolander - who earns £39,310 - had her nails done 20 times and claimed for 10 hair appointments totalling £751. 

The most expensive items were a pair of £358 spectacles and £200 hat from milliner William Chambers.

'I am sorry' 

In a letter to councillors, the Lord Provost said she was "privileged to represent and advocate for Glasgow". 

She said that it had "always been recognised" that the provost's role "carries an additional cost, taking place as it does almost entirely in the public eye". 

Ms Bolander justified the spending, saying that her role "must be open to any elected member of the council", and that no one be excluded from taking on the job "by not having the resources to carry out the role".

She added that when submitting claims, she has always considered whether she would require the item were she not Lord Provost. 

"Each has been made in good faith and scrupulously accounted for, within the rules", she continued. 

"Although the spending incurred was within the rules, on reflection there are items which I should not have chosen to reclaim.

"I am sorry about that and I am in discussion with financial services to come to an arrangement to repay the relevant expenditure."

On Monday, a council spokesman said: "The national committee that oversees councillors' pay recognises that the requirement to represent their city at hundreds of events means Lord Provosts often incur personal expenses.

"For that reason, the Scottish government allocates a civic allowance to each council. 

"For Glasgow City Council, this is subject to a yearly maximum of £5,000."

The civic allowance, which was introduced by the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee, replaced the clothing allowance and reflects a councillor's public profile.

For that reason the Lord Provost is eligible to claim more than a backbench councillor. 

 

 

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