Saturday, 19 February 2011

Members Allowances

Today the BBC on their website reports, obviously after a press release by Mendip District Council, that Mendip Councillors approved a freeze in their allowances, and voted against the independent review body that recommended an increase.

The allowance scheme for Mendip Councillors costs around £244,000 according , of course all councillors may not claim all or part of these allowances.

The question I would ask is a freeze in allowances sharing enough of the 14.8% reduction of government grant? Especially as 23 people are to lose their jobs at Mendip.

A theoretical cut in Members Allowances of 14.8% would raise £36000, least the staff would know the members took a reduction to help the council and the community in these most difficult times.

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