Tuesday 24 February 2009
Snouts In The Trough - Part 2
The respected kings of the blogosphere, Statler & Waldorf, have posted a new blog which exposes some stonking pay rises planned for a few lucky councillors. Whilst Mike Freer would see a relatively low 5% increase in his council allowances to just £53,782 if these proposals are passed, Cllr Andreas Tambourides could see his allowances rise by a massive 20%.
Council tax is set to rise by 2.8% in April even though the RPI rate of inflation is currently just 0.1%. We are in the midst of the worst recession in modern times with Barnet residents losing their jobs at an alarming rate. Surely now is the time for our political leaders to show some restraint?
Statler suggests that instead of a rise in allowances, councillors should accept a modest cut of £500 a year. Let us hope that common sense prevails and that the proposed increases are soundly rejected by the faithful and true Conservative councillors at their Group meeting later this week.