Derbyshire: Council leader welcomes independent backing for allowances

Guardian News
Guardian News

The leader of Derbyshire County Council has welcomed the findings of an independent report into councillors’ allowances which was presented to a meeting of full council last week.

Coun Anne Western said: “I am pleased that the independent panel has recognised that overall our plans are fair.”

“It’s important to bust the myth that all councillors are getting a pay rise – that simply isn’t true.”

“Of our 64 councillors, some allowances have gone up and some have gone down but the majority have stayed exactly the same.”

“Like-for-like, the changes we proposed save more than £3,500 on councillors’ allowances.”

“And we’ve also made major changes to the chair’s office by stopping plans by the previous administration to recruit a chauffeur and buy new civic cars and by cancelling expensive civic functions – saving £80,000.”

The panel supported most of the proposed adjustments to allowances but did not support the council’s proposal to reduce the allowance for the leader of the main opposition.