Leicestershire County Council leader to find out next week if he faces investigation
A committee will meet next week to decide whether to investigate an alleged breach of conduct by county council leader David Parsons.
On Tuesday, a panel of councillors will decide whether or not to look into allegations that Coun Parsons was in breach of the county council members' code of conduct.
It relates to alleged irregularities involving expenses to the value of £5,000.
A whistle-blower alleged Coun Parsons had kept hold of EU cash which he should have used to reimburse another body for travel expenses.
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Any train or air fares are covered by the EU but paid for in advance by East Midlands Councils (EMC), a publicly-funded body representing the interests of local councils, which Coun Parsons chairs.
Any expenses must be claimed from the EU before being returned to the EMC.
Internal auditors found that Coun Parsons had left the EMC – and therefore taxpayers – "thousands of pounds out of pocket", because some expenses had not been paid back. The investigation found at one point £5,400 was owed.
Coun Parsons has now repaid the full outstanding amount.
If Councillor Parsons is found to have broken the code of conduct, he could face censure ranging from a written warning to suspension.