Riddled with Errors How the ipcc bungled the Grunshaw expenses investigation - Part 2
Did they perhaps get 13 right? No. The IPCC claim that Mr Grunshaw attended a meeting of Wyre Borough Council on 25 April 2012 and didn't claim. They are right to say he didn't claim, but wrong in that Wyre Borough Council have confirmed to me there was no Council meeting on 25 April 2012. They "checked all Council documents (including the archives) and there were NO meetings (either Full Council or Sub Committees/task groups etc) held at Wyre Borough Council on the 25 April 2012." The meeting was the following day, as they said in their first report, except Mr Grunshaw actually claimed for it.
12? Surely they got 12 right? Well...
Except, when I checked, Wyre Borough Council told me there were "no meetings at the Council on the 20 November 2009." It seems likely that this is just further sloppiness rather than pure invention by the IPCC, because that Committee did meet on 30 November 2009, Mr Grunshaw did attend, and no claim was made.
So if they meant 30 November 2009, then we might understand why they, in their copy-and-paste style, make the following comment about that date and 11 June 2009, 20 May 2011, 26 January 2012, 1 March 2012, and 10 May 2012.
Well, he would have been entitled to claim if he had travelled in his own car. But look at the minutes for these meetings below - they are all meetings that he attended along with a certain Councillor Julie Grunshaw, who is his wife.