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Mid Suffolk: Allowance increase passed for councillors of almost 10%

13:27 26 March 2014

Mid Suffolk District Council in Needham Market.

Mid Suffolk District Council in Needham Market.

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A council leader has defended his authority granting a basic allowance rise for its own members of almost 10%.

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Mid Suffolk District councillors voted through the increase despite objections from opposition members.

The vote will also mean some councillors will see the money to which they are entitled – through special responsibilities like being council vice-chairman – rise by more than 100%.

But it is the first time since 2008 that councillors have agreed to increase allowances despite past reviews recommending rises. An independent panel made the increase recommendation.

Conservative Derrick Haley, leader of the council, said: “We have something there before us which is not of our own making, therefore I can see why we should take this.

“There’s an enormous amount of work that goes into running the authority by members.”

He said he agreed with a point made by independent councillor Ray Melvin, who called for an autonomous body to have the power to award allowance levels and not the council.

Green councillor and opposition leader, Andrew Stringer, said the vote should be postponed to next March but this proposal was struck down. He argued deferring the vote would mean councillors would in effect be setting the allowance level for a new intake of members following the May elections.

He said it was “completely wrong” that the panel had consulted with two council officers when making its recommendation.

Liberal Democrat Penny Otton proposed increasing allowances by 1% to match the rise set for council workers. But this was voted down. The basic allowance will rise from £3,684 to £4,000. Allowances paid in 2012/13 totalled more than £243,000.

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5 comments

  • Pigs will usually vote for the biggest size of troughs available. What a surprise, eh.

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    blue&white

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • truth hurts as i found out as my comment not printed

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    pandy

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • These people do not deserve an increase in any way shape or form, and if they should get one, it should be the same as their staff 1%. Local politicians seem as greedy, corrupt and self serving as their national counterparts. Don't vote for any of them, it only encourages them!!

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    england1770

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • This is the council that put to the vote a question did the public want to tie up with babergh council the result was no,but most services are now joint against people's wishes ,so a 10% increase is not surprising ,so now services are shared there is not so much work for them to do, so why the increase also do we want so many old farts as there is with less work to do,

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    pandy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • "We're all in it together". Jump in, pigs, it's all swill.

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    T Doff

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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