A review of borough councillor’s expenses could spell the end of claims for luxury travel and a pay freeze for members.
Liberal Democrats are asking the independent panel conducting the review over the next few weeks to freeze the allowances and scrap a clause allowing first class rail travel.
Councillor David Lee, leader of the council, would not comment on whether he thought allowances should be frozen, but spoke out against a cut, saying the role of councillor should not be restricted to the wealthy.
The members basic allowance is £7,360, however councillors with special responsibility, such as Cllr Lee and Cllr Bray, receive an additional sum. The special responsibility allowance is £5,000, however Cllr Lee gets four times this, while Cllr Bray gets 1.5 times this.
My comment: Why were they allowed first class travel in the first place? Please get off the first class gravy train.
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