Bucks County Council recently approved an independent panel’s recommendations that included continuing a freeze on Member allowances since 2009 and identifying savings of over £60,000 a year.
Mike Appleyard, Deputy Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council said:
Clearly the Panel’s recommendations on Members’ allowances rightly reflected the financial pressures on today’s public sector. The main allowances paid to our councillors have now been frozen since 2009, and following the reduction in our overall numbers of Councillors from 57 to 49, we also expect make further savings of around £60,000 in our overall allowances budget. As a Council, we believe that any increases in allowances would be entirely wrong given the financial pressures. I simply don’t understand how any organisation can justify rises of this kind at the moment.
A four-year review of all allowances is scheduled for 2014.