Acevo's Stephen Bubb claimed nearly £10,000 in expenses last year

Head of chief executives body reveals claims 'to avoid rumours'

Stephen Bubb, head of chief executives body Acevo, has revealed that he claimed almost £10,000 in expenses last year.

In a speech at Acevo's 2009 CEO Summit yesterday, he told delegates that he had claimed £9,751 in 2008/09 and £7,465 in 2007/08.

Stephen Bubb is the latest chief executive of the major national umbrella bodies to reveal their expenses in the wake of public outrage over MPs' expenses.

Bubb said he had revealed his expenses only to avoid rumours that he had claimed excessive amounts. "We shouldn't be panicked on this issue," he told the conference. "It is a distraction and I don't know what my figures tell you."

He said he was announcing his expenses at the Acevo conference "because I am accountable to you as members, not to the wider press".

He said he thought it was wrong for charity chief executives to be dragged into the row over MPs' expenses. "The issue is whether you have proper scrutiny in place and effective and robust auditing. Our key accountability is to account for our impact and be transparent about what we are doing," he said.

"I would be distressed if we got involved in league tables and battles to keep expenses as low as possible, with scandals because the chief executive of the RNIB spent 50 pence more than the chief executive of Guide Dogs for the Blind. We should say: ‘You can challenge our governance; I'm not going to get into accounting for paper clips.'"

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