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BBC Trust chairman claims 29,000 in expenses

Sir Michael Lyons
The BBC publishes expenses figures every six months

BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons claimed more than the average UK salary in expenses over a six-month period, figures released by the BBC show.

Sir Michael claimed £29,603 for items including hotels, rail tickets and part-time access to a car and driver.

However, he reduced the bill by more than £5,000 compared to the same period in 2008-2009, when he claimed £35,126.

The average person living in the UK earns around £25,800 per year, nearly £4,000 less than the expense claim.

The latest batch of figures, published every six months by the BBC, covered the period from April - September 2009.

They showed that Sir Michael claimed more than the other 11 board members of the trust, which is the BBC's governing body.

The other claims totalled £46,943.63, the biggest among these being Jeremy Peat's claims for £9,376.49.

By contrast, Mehmuda Mian, David Liddiment, Anthony Fry and Diane Coyle each claimed just three-figure sums over the six-month period. Mian's total was a modest £513.41.

A number of the trustees who live outside London and had to travel to the city for meetings and functions ran up sizeable sums for travel and accommodation.

Sir Michael claimed £8,485 for hotels during the half-year and spent £5,540 on rail fares.

As chairman, he is expected to travel the country to meet BBC licence fee payers and other stakeholders in the corporation.

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