Two Hartlepool councillors turn down pay rise – and urge others to do the same
Two councillors have told civic chiefs they do not want an increase in their allowances – and have called on other members to snub the offer.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s chief finance officer Chris Little wrote to all 33 councillors this week to tell them that their basic allowance of £5,825 was going up to £5,953.
The proposed hike in allowances was recommended by the Independent Remuneration Panel, and was discussed by the full council in July.
Councillors did not approve the increases at the time and a Labour-backed amendment was put forward saying if they were to be given a rise then it should be in line with any increases given to council staff.
Since then, a 2.2 per cent rise for council staff has been agreed at Government level, therefore triggering the cash boost for councillors.
But councillors Pamela Hargreaves and Jonathan Brash, who refer to…
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