East Riding councillors' allowances rise by 25% in four years

August 24, 2010 5:19 PM

This is the time of year when we learn how much councillors
have been paid in allowances and expenses. It was reported in the Hull Daily
Mail that a total of £1.2 million was paid to East Riding councillors for
2009/10 - an increase of £100,000 on the previous year. Although the council
leader, Stephen Parnaby has said there will be a freeze on allowances next year
(an election year), this compares very badly to Hull City Council where
councillors have been on a pay freeze for the last four years. 
HullEastRiding TPA (1)  


This is only the tip of the iceberg. In 2005/6, at total of
£946, 208 was paid to Hull City councillors. In 2009/10, this increased to
£955,409; a rise of 1%. In the East Riding, councillors were paid £906,000 in
2005/6. In just four years, councillors have seen their allowances and expenses
rise by almost 25%. In the past year, when the rest of us have been struggling
to make ends meet, East Riding councillors have enjoyed an increase of almost
10%.


The usual excuses will no doubt be reeled out, saying that
councillors give excellent value for money, and they are only implementing the
decisions of the Independent Review Panel. This is cold comfort for taxpayers
who have seen their council tax bills rise, and have had to pay huge sums of
money into the pension funds of senior staff who have applied for early
retirement.


The gravy train has not hit the buffers, but perhaps, if we are
lucky, we can say it has hit an uphill gradient. Time will tell. 


This is the time of year when we learn how much councillors
have been paid in allowances and expenses. It was reported in the Hull Daily
Mail that a total of £1.2 million was paid to East Riding councillors for
2009/10 - an increase of £100,000 on the previous year. Although the council
leader, Stephen Parnaby has said there will be a freeze on allowances next year
(an election year), this compares very badly to Hull City Council where
councillors have been on a pay freeze for the last four years. 
HullEastRiding TPA (1)  


This is only the tip of the iceberg. In 2005/6, at total of
£946, 208 was paid to Hull City councillors. In 2009/10, this increased to
£955,409; a rise of 1%. In the East Riding, councillors were paid £906,000 in
2005/6. In just four years, councillors have seen their allowances and expenses
rise by almost 25%. In the past year, when the rest of us have been struggling
to make ends meet, East Riding councillors have enjoyed an increase of almost
10%.


The usual excuses will no doubt be reeled out, saying that
councillors give excellent value for money, and they are only implementing the
decisions of the Independent Review Panel. This is cold comfort for taxpayers
who have seen their council tax bills rise, and have had to pay huge sums of
money into the pension funds of senior staff who have applied for early
retirement.


The gravy train has not hit the buffers, but perhaps, if we are
lucky, we can say it has hit an uphill gradient. Time will tell. 


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