June 19 2013 Latest news:
Monday, March 4, 2013
Breckland councillors have voted to freeze almost all the allowances they receive at the same level as last year.
The district council approved plans, submitted by the Independent Remuneration Panel, to keep the basic allowance - a flat rate annual payment - and the special responsibility allowance - an additional sum for those who have extra roles like committee members - at the same rate.
At their meeting on Thursday, they approved an increase of the childcare allowance, taking it up to £7.50 an hour, which the report says will mean councillors with children can carry out their duties more easily.
Nigel Wilkin, the chairman of the planning committee, made an amendment to the original recommendation which set his allowance to increase to £236 per year.
He said he did not see a justification in the increase, and the council voted to approve the recommendation with the change.
Breckland’s Labour Leader, Terry Jermy, said he felt the council’s allowances were out of line with neighbouring authorities, and proposed a 20pc cut to special responsibility allowances for the council, which was rejected.
He said: “We are, after all, all in this together, and if the public are to feel the pain, so must we.”
Naturists are to be banned from a nationally-renowned Norfolk beach following complaints about anti-social behaviour committed in the area.
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