Torridge votes against allowance increase

Torridge District Council leader, Cllr Phil Collins.

Torridge District Council leader, Cllr Phil Collins. - Credit: Archant

One per cent rise was discussed but councillors voted against increasing their annual allowance.

TORRIDGE District Councillors voted for a zero increase for themselves in their annual allowance last night (Mon).

Members currently receive a basic allowance of £4,568.64 a year, with the chair of each committee receiving an extra special responsibility amount.

Councillor Philip Collins, leader of Torridge, receives an extra £10,758.24.

“Members discussed a one per cent increase, but decided against it,” said Cllr Collins.

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“These are difficult times and although a one per cent increase for most members would actually only equate to about 90p a week extra, we felt that the £2,000 or so that this one per cent represents would be better used towards keeping services going for the local residents who elected us.

“Councillors don’t put themselves forward for local government for financial benefit.”

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