I'll donate my allowance increase to charity

Council tax is increasing, services are being cut … and Malvern Hills District Council votes senior councillors an increase in allowances.

You couldn’t make it up.

Cllr David Hughes responded almost wistfully that his hands were tied – these were, after all, the recommendations of an independent panel, so what could we do but accept the increase?

The clue is in the word ‘recommendation’.

We councillors have been elected to make these decisions, and nobody was forcing us to accept the rises.

In the same week, Worcester City Council voted unanimously – for the fourth year in a row – to reject an increase recommended by the same panel.

And at Wychavon the discussion was all about whether to cut the allowances!

At a time when our own staff are being told to accept a very modest one per cent pay rise, I for one was embarrassed by this vote – and that is why I have chosen to donate the increase I am to receive to local community groups who I am sure will put the money to good use.

I hope other district councillors who have so benefited will do the same.

Cllr Julian D Roskams

Malvern Hills Green Party

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6:35pm Wed 12 Mar 14

THE FACTS says...

Good idea...so the money goes back into the community ..

Where it came from. Thd perfect response
Good idea...so the money goes back into the community .. Where it came from. Thd perfect response THE FACTS
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11:01am Fri 14 Mar 14

zymurgiac says...

There are two letters posted on Wednesday12th March from Town Councillors on District Council allowances. What is going on here? Who is the spokesperson for the Town Council?
Do either of them really care about District Councillors allowance or is this yet another publicity stunt? Hmmn!
Councillors Roskams and Lawrence have both grabbed the headlines on other publicly interesting topics in recent months while the Town Council is very quiet about the charges against the Town Clerk. And what about the television endorsement on 13t6h March by Mayor Roskams of the 'Banksy' style graffiti on Belle Vue Terrace?
If what these two do looks like a smokescreen, and acts like a smokescreen then what should council taxpayers think?
And, of course the post of Mayor of Malvern will be up for grabs again very soon.
There are two letters posted on Wednesday12th March from Town Councillors on District Council allowances. What is going on here? Who is the spokesperson for the Town Council? Do either of them really care about District Councillors allowance or is this yet another publicity stunt? Hmmn! Councillors Roskams and Lawrence have both grabbed the headlines on other publicly interesting topics in recent months while the Town Council is very quiet about the charges against the Town Clerk. And what about the television endorsement on 13t6h March by Mayor Roskams of the 'Banksy' style graffiti on Belle Vue Terrace? If what these two do looks like a smokescreen, and acts like a smokescreen then what should council taxpayers think? And, of course the post of Mayor of Malvern will be up for grabs again very soon. zymurgiac
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