Friday, 15 August 2008
14,000 Cheers For Mike Freer
Many Barnet residents were greatly concerned at the recent news that council leader and wannabe MP Mike Freer had given up his job as a banker. How would he get by on his measly Council allowance of just £47,000 a year? Well fear not, because Mayor of London BoJo has come to the rescue and appointed Cllr Freer as a Board Member of the London Development Agency.
This exciting position, which requires Cllr Freer to attend 8 Board meetings a year, carries an allowance of £14,000 per annum. By my calculation, that works out at £1,750 a meeting - but well worth it for the services of someone with so much hands on experience of planning and regeneration.
Pensioners, council workers (who are being offered a pay rise of 2.45% - less than half the increase in the Retail Price Index) and indeed all those who are struggling with the never ending rising cost of living will none the less be glad to make even more cutbacks so that they can pay that little bit extra in their council tax bill to help fund this new allowance for Cllr Freer and keep the wolf from his door.
Of course, Cllr Freer could set an example of pay restraint during these difficult economic times and refuse to accept the allowance. Should he do so, all residents would undoubtedly praise him for this selfless sacrifice.