Allowance rise halted

First published in News

A MOVE by independent councillors to block increases in Wiltshire councillors’ allowances of up to 40 per cent has been defeated by 60 votes to 24.

The vote means all councillors at the Conservativerun council are entitled to a one per cent rise, Cabinet members are entitled to 22 per cent, while Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott’s entitlements rise by nearly 40 per cent a year from £37,335 to £52,227.

Cllr Scott has said she will not claim the increases, which included £9,216 for chairing a new health and wellbeing board, saying the controversy surrounding the allowances has been too distracting.

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3:37pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Friend of the People says...

With the Conservative whip on , the result could be pretty much guarranteed. However what was most disturbing was the boorish behaviour of some Conservatives to members of the public who were lobbying against these massive increases.

Also suprising was the manner in which the Lib Dems split on this issue. Some Lib Dem councillors spoke strongy against the increases. This was in contrast to John Hubbard, Lib Dem Leader, who supported the increases and said he was entitled to extra money.

I have a feeling that the Lib Dems in Wiltshire will split, especially as Lib Dem fortunes in the country at large go further into decline.
With the Conservative whip on , the result could be pretty much guarranteed. However what was most disturbing was the boorish behaviour of some Conservatives to members of the public who were lobbying against these massive increases. Also suprising was the manner in which the Lib Dems split on this issue. Some Lib Dem councillors spoke strongy against the increases. This was in contrast to John Hubbard, Lib Dem Leader, who supported the increases and said he was entitled to extra money. I have a feeling that the Lib Dems in Wiltshire will split, especially as Lib Dem fortunes in the country at large go further into decline. Friend of the People
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