I read with total dismay that Hartlepool council is considering raising councillor allowances by 13% by 2015. It’s depressing to read that the plan is for an immediate increase of £500 to the basic allowance paid to all councillors together with a one off payment of a further £250 to cover backdating the first part of the increase to April 2013.
This whole situation is unbelievable councils and councillors should focus on protecting front line services such as bus services schools and policing. Councillors should not be lining their own pockets and increasing their allowances especially in difficult economic times when everyone is struggling.
UKIP policy is to cut councillors excessive allowances and expenses. I strongly urge all councillors from all political parties to reject the remuneration panel’s proposed increases in councillor’s allowances at Thursday’s council meeting.