The decision to buy a £37,000 car for the new Chairman of Powys County Council to use as transport for official functions has prompted a call for a full review of the role and expenses associated with the office of Chairman.
Commenting, The Montgomeryshire Assembly Member, Russell George, said:
“The way in which the Chairman’s car is purchased or leased should be subject to scrutiny and all expenses associated with the role should be fully transparent.
“It is clearly correct that the Chairman makes official visits and undertakes civic duties across the county, but it’s also appropriate that the role and all expenses that come with the role should be examined so that the position commands public confidence.
“The role of the Chairman is of course a matter for Powys County Councillors, but given the huge concern about the purchase of the new vehicle, I was pleased that the motion put forward by the Welsh Conservative Councillor for Disserth and Trecoed, Cllr Gwilym Williams, was supported by the full council.
“I think there will be a great deal of public interest in the committee that is going to examine this in detail.”