Councillors reject rise in allowances

This Is Wiltshire: Labour group leader Jim Grant Labour group leader Jim Grant

COUNCILLORS have voted to keep their allowances at the same level and reject an independent panel’s suggestion of a two per cent increase.
But there were accusations of playing politics as an opportunity to reduce by ten per cent the special allowance, which councillors receive for additional duties, was rejected.


There appeared to be unity in the chamber with the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats proposing to hold expenses as they are but the Labour Group introduced a late amendment to see special allowances cut by 10 per cent.
 

Coun Jim Grant (Lab, Rodbourne Cheney) introduced the motion saying it was important that councillors were seen to be contributing to budgetary savings, believing it would send a strong message to residents.
 

But it was rejected, with the Conservatives voting to stay with the original plan of keeping allowances the same and accusing Labour of playing politics with a sensitive issue.


Coun Grant said after the vote: “I am disappointed that the Conservative Group didn’t share our view that a slight cut in some councillors’ allowances would have sent a positive message to residents that councillors aren’t immune from the council’s budgetary savings process.


“It is true that all of the political parties’ responses to the vote on councillor allowances was political as we all recognised  many people are struggling at the moment and we all therefore rejected the independent remuneration panel’s recommendation for an increase in councillor allowances.


“The only difference between the views of Labour and Conservative councillors is that we thought a small cut in some allowances would send a more positive message to residents and they didn’t.”


Council leader David Renard (Con, Haydon Wick) said he was unhappy the amendment had been made and the Labour Group were looking to score easy political points.


He said: “I am disappointed that we could not get cross-party agreement because I had talked with the other parties before as I don’t think having public disagreement shows the council in the best light.
“It seems Labour wanted to make some political gain from the issue and turned it into a debate.


“We have the remuneration panel and I believe we should listen to them.
“They recommended a rise but I did not feel it was appropriate in the economic climate.”
 

During the debate, the value of the remuneration panel was questioned as it was felt by some their recommendation was regularly ignored by councillors.


The panel is made up of six people who are each paid £200 and is a statutory requirement.
There is currently a space on the panel. Anyone interested in the vacancy should contact Ian Willcox on 01793 463601, or by email at iwillcox@swindon.gov.uk by February 7.

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7:30am Sat 25 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

should be a decrease and somehow performance related as it is our money.
should be a decrease and somehow performance related as it is our money. house on the hill
  • Score: 1

9:13am Sat 25 Jan 14

Always Grumpy says...

house on the hill wrote:
should be a decrease and somehow performance related as it is our money.
If it was performance related, I think the councillors would end up owing US money!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: should be a decrease and somehow performance related as it is our money.[/p][/quote]If it was performance related, I think the councillors would end up owing US money! Always Grumpy
  • Score: 3

9:44am Sat 25 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
should be a decrease and somehow performance related as it is our money.
If it was performance related, I think the councillors would end up owing US money!
Exactly my point AG! And also council staff in general too. We are forced by law to pay their wages with no accountability for their actions, they seem to hare forgotten their first priority is to provide a service for us not to have a nice easy life with a great pension and no consequences for being totally useless and lazy as many are from my experience of working there.
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: should be a decrease and somehow performance related as it is our money.[/p][/quote]If it was performance related, I think the councillors would end up owing US money![/p][/quote]Exactly my point AG! And also council staff in general too. We are forced by law to pay their wages with no accountability for their actions, they seem to hare forgotten their first priority is to provide a service for us not to have a nice easy life with a great pension and no consequences for being totally useless and lazy as many are from my experience of working there. house on the hill
  • Score: 1

9:48am Sat 25 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

All in it together apart from the Tories and lap dog lib dems.
Fair play to labour for the proposed cut and a big booooo to those who opposed it
All in it together apart from the Tories and lap dog lib dems. Fair play to labour for the proposed cut and a big booooo to those who opposed it Davey Gravey
  • Score: -2

4:12pm Sat 25 Jan 14

anotherimigrant says...

Every institution in this country has shown itself to be corrupt and self seeking over recent years. From the Royals through parliament, the police, newspapers, banks, businesses and education.

Public trust in every area of UK society has completely disappeared.

We need a society wide clean out.

But who has the shovel?

it's been stolen.
Every institution in this country has shown itself to be corrupt and self seeking over recent years. From the Royals through parliament, the police, newspapers, banks, businesses and education. Public trust in every area of UK society has completely disappeared. We need a society wide clean out. But who has the shovel? it's been stolen. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -3

4:47am Sun 26 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
Every institution in this country has shown itself to be corrupt and self seeking over recent years. From the Royals through parliament, the police, newspapers, banks, businesses and education.

Public trust in every area of UK society has completely disappeared.

We need a society wide clean out.

But who has the shovel?

it's been stolen.
I do actually agree but if it is everywhere then there is no one left to do the cleaning who isnt already dirty themselves. So what you are saying is if you were offered a job with a £million bonus for ripping people off you would say no thanks i am happy with 20 grand a year?
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: Every institution in this country has shown itself to be corrupt and self seeking over recent years. From the Royals through parliament, the police, newspapers, banks, businesses and education. Public trust in every area of UK society has completely disappeared. We need a society wide clean out. But who has the shovel? it's been stolen.[/p][/quote]I do actually agree but if it is everywhere then there is no one left to do the cleaning who isnt already dirty themselves. So what you are saying is if you were offered a job with a £million bonus for ripping people off you would say no thanks i am happy with 20 grand a year? house on the hill
  • Score: 1

10:12am Sun 26 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
All in it together apart from the Tories and lap dog lib dems.
Fair play to labour for the proposed cut and a big booooo to those who opposed it
Said the person who doesn't support Labour. At all. In any way.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: All in it together apart from the Tories and lap dog lib dems. Fair play to labour for the proposed cut and a big booooo to those who opposed it[/p][/quote]Said the person who doesn't support Labour. At all. In any way. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

10:41am Sun 26 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

ChannelX wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
All in it together apart from the Tories and lap dog lib dems.
Fair play to labour for the proposed cut and a big booooo to those who opposed it
Said the person who doesn't support Labour. At all. In any way.
Well done. A correct statement for once. Well done troll.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: All in it together apart from the Tories and lap dog lib dems. Fair play to labour for the proposed cut and a big booooo to those who opposed it[/p][/quote]Said the person who doesn't support Labour. At all. In any way.[/p][/quote]Well done. A correct statement for once. Well done troll. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -5

8:49pm Sun 26 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Yes, anyone reading your comments will realise you're actually a Tory and LibDem supporter and have no time at all for the Labour party or Labour party ideas and policies.
Yes, anyone reading your comments will realise you're actually a Tory and LibDem supporter and have no time at all for the Labour party or Labour party ideas and policies. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

9:32pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

Nice manipulation of the thumbs there you sad little troll. Hahaha saddo
Nice manipulation of the thumbs there you sad little troll. Hahaha saddo Davey Gravey
  • Score: 3

9:34am Mon 27 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Afraid not Mr Gravey. Unfortunate for you if people don't like your contradictory and hypocritical comments. Nobody believes your repeated lies in any case.

It's also become very clear that you're not here 'innocently'. In fact, you'd know ALL about being a 'troll', wouldn't you?
Afraid not Mr Gravey. Unfortunate for you if people don't like your contradictory and hypocritical comments. Nobody believes your repeated lies in any case. It's also become very clear that you're not here 'innocently'. In fact, you'd know ALL about being a 'troll', wouldn't you? ChannelX
  • Score: -5

9:42am Mon 27 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

ChannelX wrote:
Afraid not Mr Gravey. Unfortunate for you if people don't like your contradictory and hypocritical comments. Nobody believes your repeated lies in any case.

It's also become very clear that you're not here 'innocently'. In fact, you'd know ALL about being a 'troll', wouldn't you?
Liar. Nobody believes it either. You follow me around the site posting lies and goading. It is clear to anyone who can read,as is your manipulation of the thumbs. You are a very sad and desperate fool.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Afraid not Mr Gravey. Unfortunate for you if people don't like your contradictory and hypocritical comments. Nobody believes your repeated lies in any case. It's also become very clear that you're not here 'innocently'. In fact, you'd know ALL about being a 'troll', wouldn't you?[/p][/quote]Liar. Nobody believes it either. You follow me around the site posting lies and goading. It is clear to anyone who can read,as is your manipulation of the thumbs. You are a very sad and desperate fool. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 2

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