Councillors give up allowance rise

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COUNTY councillors have ditched plans to take a pay rise for two years – and look set to spend the cash on good causes instead.

Lincolnshire county councillors have taken a self-imposed two-year freeze on their allowances, and could put the £210,000 a year saving into a “Councillor Big Society Fund” instead.

The authority will discuss plans to allow individual councillors to bid for up to £2,000 each for good causes in their wards at its meeting on Friday, September 16.

The allowance increase was recommended by the Independent Remuneration Panel but shelved by members in May.

If the deal is agreed then £160,000 a year will be shared among causes suggested by councillors with the remaining £50,000 going to the Lincolnshire Carers Partnership.

Coun Sue Woolley, executive councillor for health, housing and community, said: “Councillors know their areas well and are well placed to identify those little groups that carry out sterling work locally and could benefit from this funding.”