Council allowances

BIDEFORD councillors are being asked to give up their allowances for the next 12 months as a gesture of goodwill.

The call comes from Cllr Roger Vanstone, who is putting a submission to the town council’s meeting tomorrow (Thursday) night.

He says: “Due to the current economic situation I call upon those councillors who currently draw the councillors’ allowance to forego this for the next 12 months.

“The Mayor and deputy mayor should still draw their allowances as they have expenses in fulfilling their duties, but the rest of us do not.

“This would not only be a clear gesture to the public that we serve them for no personal gain, but also free up some finances to be more wisely spent, as I expect we will be called upon to support more ‘good causes’ and ‘hardships’ in the coming year.”

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A town councillor’s basic allowance is �888, but it is understood that not all the Bideford councillors currently claim it.

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