Allowance rise below expected

EAST Cambridgeshire district councillors have agreed a four per cent rise in their allowances, less than a third of the figure recommended by an independent body. Their basic allowances will be increased by £136 a year, or £2.61 a week, to £3,520. Commit

EAST Cambridgeshire district councillors have agreed a four per cent rise in their allowances, less than a third of the figure recommended by an independent body.

Their basic allowances will be increased by £136 a year, or £2.61 a week, to £3,520. Committee chairmen will receive an additional £330 and the council leader will be given an allowance of £2,700.

The Independent Remuneration Panel had proposed an increase of £466 on the basic allowance for each member.

Councillor Brian Ashton, council leader, said: "After careful consideration, we have decided to accept increases to our allowances significantly below those recommended by the panel.


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"We feel that Council Tax-payers would prefer that their money was spent on improving services rather than on councillors' allowances.

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