Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Andreas Tambourides - Barnet’s answer to Sir Fred Goodwin?
At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Brunswick Park Councillor Andreas Tambourides voted with his colleagues to cut warden services for the elderly and increase your council tax by 2.8%. He also voted to increase his allowances by an inflation busting 22%. Ker-ching!
Surely, I hear you cry, no politician would be so contemptuous of hard pressed taxpayers as to award himself such a massive increase during this worsening recession? Well, here are the figures.
The basic allowance has gone up by £239 a year - 2.5%. But many councillors also receive a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) and they voted to increase some of these rates by a stonking 50%! Ker-ching!
Cllr Tambourides receives two SRAs for being a member and Chairman of the Licensing Committee. Last week the Barnet Times reported that a third of all pubs in Barnet have closed down in the last three years and there was a drop of 25% in licensing applications in the six months to December 2008.
So applications drop by 25%, but Cllr Tambourides is in line for an extra £2,150 for licensing work. Ker-ching!
However, there is nothing in law that says Councillors have to take their allowances. Former Mayor Leslie Sussman, MBE, served with distinction for 45 years without receiving a penny.
So come on Cllr Tambourides, even Lynne Hillan has only been awarded a 12% rise. Show solidarity with your residents (many of whom have lost their jobs and are struggling to cope with the economic crisis) and refuse to accept a penny more.