Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett vows to fight for refund in expenses row
Norfolk's police and crime commissioner is vowing to fight HM Revenue and Customs for a refund of the £2,700 he paid back after an expenses row.
Stephen Bett claimed the money in mileage incurred during journeys from his home office in Thornham to police headquarters in Wymondham, a sum he agreed to give back in November 2013.
But, two years on, the commissioner said he continues to fight to prove he was entitled to make the claim, adding that he has been told by his lawyer and accountant that 'I was well within my rights'.
He said: 'I intend to make HMRC abide by their own tax rules and get a tax rebate for the expenses I incurred.
'In tax law I have every right to have these expenses.
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'I have been speaking to HMRC about this for two years. No-one wants to make a decision, they keep passing my paperwork round and round and not making any decisions.'
He said he thought the government body was avoiding taking the matter to a tribunal.
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Mr Bett, who was elected in 2012 on a salary of £70,000, said that his job should allow him to class his home as his official base and said that he only travels to the Wymondham centre every few weeks.
He paid back the money he claimed in mileage after an independent audit, and was also investigated by the City of London Police but faced no criminal charges.
At the time, his monthly mileage claim was about £500.
HMRC said they would not comment on an individual case.