Responding to the DCLG Select Committee’s report on councillors’ allowances, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“With local authorities up and down the country having to rein in spending and many public sector staff facing a pay freeze, the last thing anyone should be proposing is a hike in councillors’ allowances.
“No-one thinks that their local authority would be doing a better job if only the councillors were taking more of our cash. The MPs on the DCLG select committee appear to be seeking to create a whole new class of professional politicians, which would be bad news for hard-pressed taxpayers.
“Being a councillor is not a full-time job and there are scores of town halls around the country which function perfectly well with councillors taking modest allowances.
“It would also be wrong to take the power away from councillors over the setting of their allowances. They should continue to set the rate and allow voters to hold them to account at the ballot box for that among the many other decisions they take. Otherwise, the power gets handed to some unelected quango which the public is unable to hold to account at all.”