Members set to claim almost £1.2m in allowances
ELECTED members of Herts County Council are to get a rise. A recommendation from an independent panel to the county council says councillors basic allow-ances should be increased to £9,588. This will see a rise of £234-a-year for members in 2008-09. The
ELECTED members of Herts County Council are to get a rise.
A recommendation from an independent panel to the county council says councillors' basic allow-ances should be increased to £9,588.
This will see a rise of £234-a-year for members in 2008-09.
The total cost of allowances will rise from £1,177,496 to £1,192,516 - an increase of 1.3 per cent.
The recommendations from the panel will be disucced at a county council meeting on Tuesday.
In its report to the Cabinet, the panel said that the payment of al-lowances was to ensure "financial constraints" did not prevent people becoming county councillors and "to recompense members for the work they do as councillors".
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Under the panel's recommendations, the leader of the council will receive an allowance of £38,352 and eight Cabinet members £19,176 each.
The recommendation comes in the wake of North Herts District increasing it allowances to members.
Councillors were given an increase of £146 to £3,622 while Cabinet members will see a rise of £175 to £4,364.
In a survey of councillors, 30 said they were not satisfied with the level of allowances.