Council to vote on allowances hike

Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill.
Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill.
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Lincolnshire County Council members are to decide on Friday whether to accept a rise in their allowances of almost £2,000.

The increase has been recommended by an independent panel of people with no connection to the council who recommend that a member’s basic allowance should go up from £8,184 to £10,100.

The panel has also proposed that council leader Martin Hill should see his allowance rise from just under £20,500 to £32,000, a 56 per cent jump.

But Coun Hill said: “I don’t think this is the right time for me to take such an increase.”

Even of the proposals are accepted at Friday’s meeting, councillors can still choose to waive some or all of the proposed allowance.