Last night, Tuesday 21st November, Sevenoaks District Council agreed to increase money paid in allowances to the Leader, Portfolio Holders, and Committee Chairmen and other elected members.
They are way above the current 1% pay cap imposed on teachers, nurses and other public employees, which has been in effect since the Tories came to power in 2010.
The Leader’s allowance will increase from £16,078 to £20,000 that of the Chairman of Development Control from £3,217 to £5,000 and the Deputy Leader will now receive a new allowance of £12,000.
TORY COUNCILLORS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY FOR THESE CHANGES.
Labour Councillor Mike Hogg spoke and voted against these changes, stating that it was hypocritical that the Council should vote itself such increases when their workers’ pay was restrained, causing loses of real income of over 14%. for key public sector workers.
Peter Fleming, the Council leader, who just voted himself a 24% rise, said the the pay restraint may not be in force when the rises come into effect. Members can always decline to take the allowance.
WE WONDER IF HE WILL DO JUST THAT.