Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Doing your civic duty never paid so well

Thousands of local councillors have seen their allowances soar in the past five years, astonishing figures reveal.

The town hall payouts have risen by up to 150 per cent to a total cost of more than £200million a year.

The statistics will intensify anger over spending cuts at local authorities. Many warn that they are being forced to close libraries, swimming pools and leisure centres to save money.

According to the most recent figures, extracted from local authority accounts, a substantial number of council leaders are paid more than £50,000 – and it is no longer unusual for the average councillor’s allowance to total more than £20,000.

The highest single increase over the past five years was at Rochford council in Essex, where allowances increased by 158 per cent – almost ten times the rate of inflation over the same period.

My comment:  A few years ago most people became councillors to improve their local area now many appear to become councillors to get their snouts in the pubic trough and then vote for even more. Oink! Oink!

Read the full story from the source  Daily Mail On-Line

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