Councillors' allowances are a disgrace

With regard to the agenda for next weeks full council meeting, the allowance for Councillor Paul Swinburn is proposed at an extra £7,350.

It does not show that he already gets a £4,200 councillors' allowance plus £6,300 portfollio allowance, which would bring him to £17,850 when the waste operatives will be lucky to get one per cent. Loaders are on £15,000 if they are lucky.

The chairman of development control will double their allowance to £4,200.

The leader will get a rise of £2,100.

The chairman of the standards board will get £1,050. He/she has never had an allowance.

At a time when we are making cuts to all services this really is a disgrace.

Conservatives should be tightening their belts and sharing hard times.

If workloads are so great they should share with the other 30 councillors.

Sarah Rouse

Leigh Sinton

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4:17pm Tue 4 Mar 14

mike_so says...

I am a councillor for MHDC and was a conservative member untill Cllr hughes and Swineburn took over the helm.
What a farce since then.
I left after the mess of the SWDP and have watched them force through all policy with the help of the majority of tory Cllrs , who have not used their own reasonability to work out any sensible policy.
They sit in the council chamber and keep a eye on the leader and deputy as to when and which way to vote.
How sad for normally intelligent people..
This last move to give 50% of the tory Cllrs and one lib dem on the southern area planning a back door pay rise is the lowest they have been.
The deputy leader getting over 70% ?????? IE £7000 plus.
All other councills around us have refused the rise.
Next year we will see an allowance being given by this so called independant panel with the help of the leader and deputy, to portfollio helpers who are tory Cllrs and Lib dem Cllrs who missed out on this years bonanza.
best regards Cllr Mike Soley, Malvern Link ward
I am a councillor for MHDC and was a conservative member untill Cllr hughes and Swineburn took over the helm. What a farce since then. I left after the mess of the SWDP and have watched them force through all policy with the help of the majority of tory Cllrs , who have not used their own reasonability to work out any sensible policy. They sit in the council chamber and keep a eye on the leader and deputy as to when and which way to vote. How sad for normally intelligent people.. This last move to give 50% of the tory Cllrs and one lib dem on the southern area planning a back door pay rise is the lowest they have been. The deputy leader getting over 70% ?????? IE £7000 plus. All other councills around us have refused the rise. Next year we will see an allowance being given by this so called independant panel with the help of the leader and deputy, to portfollio helpers who are tory Cllrs and Lib dem Cllrs who missed out on this years bonanza. best regards Cllr Mike Soley, Malvern Link ward mike_so
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12:00pm Wed 5 Mar 14

sarah and her chickens says...

Well the best quote of the night for me was Graham Myatt. He said he deserved more money as he had to go to site visits and sometimes the weather was bad. Firstly thats what wellies are for and secondly he did not go to any of the previous months site visits. Add in his bumbling and comical runni.g of planning meetings I do not think he deserves more money. His wife obviously agreed with him. Along with mist Lib Dems she voted the rises through.
Well the best quote of the night for me was Graham Myatt. He said he deserved more money as he had to go to site visits and sometimes the weather was bad. Firstly thats what wellies are for and secondly he did not go to any of the previous months site visits. Add in his bumbling and comical runni.g of planning meetings I do not think he deserves more money. His wife obviously agreed with him. Along with mist Lib Dems she voted the rises through. sarah and her chickens
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10:06am Thu 6 Mar 14

Bufton Tufton says...

They obviously need to pay top dollar to get the best people, same argument as the bankers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They obviously need to pay top dollar to get the best people, same argument as the bankers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bufton Tufton
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