Members of the all-Labour Executive – reduced by one to seven in the next financial year – receive an extra £6,178 a year for special responsibilities. But at Tuesday night’s full council meeting, the minority Tory group, backed by Independent councillors, failed in a bid to persuade the Labour executive members to take the cut.
It was part of a budget move to provide free parking for the first hour every day right across the borough. But with all Labour councillors voting against, it was defeated by 21 votes to 17.
Special responsibility allowances will total £52,000 in 2010-11.
My comment: No councillor should be able to vote on their own allowances.
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