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Public purse pays for generous allowances
6:12pm Wednesday 5th March 2014 in Letters
WITH many Malvern residents already feeling that they had been short-changed when it comes to Malvern Hills efficiency, now the public purse is fleeced in order to pay for increased pay and allowances.
£350: The chairman of the audit committee now gets £350 per hour, plus travel allowance.
£262.50: The chairman of the standards committee now gets the equivalent of £262.50 per hour, plus travel allowance.
£131.25: The chairman of development control management committees; from £87.50 to £131.25 per hour (plus, of course, travel allowance).
£4.20: Other Malvern Hills district councillors average hourly pay rate equates to £4.20.
In percentage terms:
1%: Most staff (the ones that actually do the work) only got about on per cent pay increase.
6.5% : Nine out of 38 councillors will get an allowance rise of just over 6.5%
70%: The council leader's rise amounts to over 13%, with the deputy leader’s rise being a massive 70%.
Travel allowances amount to 45p per mile, subsistence and other travel (train etc) is also reimbursed.
Political group leaders now get an additional £1,050 each.
In complete contrast, Malvern Town councillors work for free, with no allowances, and no one is even asked which political party they belong to.
Malvern town councillor
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