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Councillors receive a raise in allowance

THE borough has approved a new system of allowances for councillors.

THE borough has approved a new system of allowances for councillors.

The changes were necessary after the law abolished the old style attendance allowance, which saw council members receive £324 basic allowance and an extra £12 for every meeting they attended.

An independent panel made up of representatives from local business, trade unions and local government examined the issue and made interim recommendations, which will operate until the council is re-structured in May next year.

The panel recommended a raise in councillors' basic allowance to a single payment of £1,500 per year, using the national minimum wage as a guideline, with no extra given for attending meetings.

At present the allowances claimed by councillors in the borough are the 12th lowest in England and Wales and even the new level is by far the lowest in Cheshire.

Council leader Councillor Fred Venables said: 'The panel has produced a balanced report with clear and soundly-based recommendations. I also value the panel's highlighting of the principle that members may choose not to claim.'

Later in the year the panel is expected to advise on a scheme of members' allowances and recognition of posts of special responsibility, to be introduced when the council structure is established.


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