No increase in councillor allowances

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Allowances for members of North Yorkshire County Council will not increase this year.

Members of the authority at yesterday’s (Wednesday) full meeting voted against awarding themselves an increase in their allowances.

The council’s independent panel on members’ remunerations had recommended a one per cent increase, in line with pay awards made nationally to local government employees.

However, at its quarterly meeting yesterday, the council supported an amendment from the Leader, CounJohn Weighell, proposing that there should be no increase in allowances.

Bedale Coun Weighell (Con) said: “At a time when the authority is being forced to make significants savings across the board – some of which will inevitably impact on front-line services – it would be wholly inappropriate for us to award ourselves an increase.”

The allowances paid to councillors have not been increased since 2009/10.

The authority agreed to split more than £3,000 between the leaders of the county’s Labour and Independent groups last year.