Scarborough set a good example on pensions

March 05, 2009 4:55 PM

Further to my earlier post about the greed of some local councillors, and the Councillors' Commission's shoddy call for snouts to dig deeper into the trough, I'm glad to see that one council at least is doing the right thing.


According to the Local Government Chronicle, Scarborough Borough Council - which looked like it was going to vote for gold-plated pensions for councillors - has instead voted not to give councillors access to the scheme. Good on them!


In case anyone suggests this is a small or insignificant bill, it's interesting to note that the Borough's democratic and administrative manager calculated that the cost of all councillors joining the scheme in full would add 0.65% to council tax. That's quite a bill, and one that Scarborough's councillors were right to avoid.

Further to my earlier post about the greed of some local councillors, and the Councillors' Commission's shoddy call for snouts to dig deeper into the trough, I'm glad to see that one council at least is doing the right thing.


According to the Local Government Chronicle, Scarborough Borough Council - which looked like it was going to vote for gold-plated pensions for councillors - has instead voted not to give councillors access to the scheme. Good on them!


In case anyone suggests this is a small or insignificant bill, it's interesting to note that the Borough's democratic and administrative manager calculated that the cost of all councillors joining the scheme in full would add 0.65% to council tax. That's quite a bill, and one that Scarborough's councillors were right to avoid.

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