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South Holland District Councillors voted against a pay rise




Councillors have voted not to give themselves a pay rise.

Members of South Holland District Council have agreed to freeze the basic allowances they receive, during a meeting last week.

Councillors are paid a basic allowance to support their community work plus they can also receive money for additional responsibilities.

South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding.Photo: SG-290114-223NG (16862441)
South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding.Photo: SG-290114-223NG (16862441)

South Holland councillors receive a basic allowance of £6,255 while the leader's allowance is £20,140.

A report to Wednesday's full council meeting showed that these rates are higher than other councils in Lincolnshire. Boston was the lowest by paying £4,400 in basic allowance and £13,200 for the leaders allowance.

South Holland had worked with the Independent Remuneration Panel, which put forward two recommendations of either freezing rates or amend the current scheme by applying an index increase.

Angela Newton. (8861848)
Angela Newton. (8861848)

Coun Angela Newton started off the debate by stating that she would support increasing the basic rate by an inflationary element to show that members work is valued.

She said: "I think it is important that we sing the praises of our members.

"They do put in more time into this than most people in the district think.

Nick Worth (Con), Holbeach Hurn ward. (9480190)
Nick Worth (Con), Holbeach Hurn ward. (9480190)

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"I feel that we could end up with a car parking charges situation if we let this slide. If we don't do anything for years we will be looking at a big hike."

Coun Bryan Alcock also said he supported the CPI index for the life of the council and went onto say later in the meeting that there are members who sit on other authorities.

He said: "There are people in the chamber who are just members and do not receive any recognition other than their basic allowances."

However, Coun Nick Worth said he would not support an increase in members allowances.

He said: "I feel uncomfortable increasing the allowances. We pay more allowances than any council in Lincolnshire."

His sentiments were supported by Coun Andrew Woolf.

He said: "Having looked at the budgets very hard, I don't think it is right we look at increasing what we are reunumerated at this moment in time."

Coun Harry Drury said: "Members do put a lot of timein and people don't realise what we do sometimes but we also do it for the love of the community.

"Having looked at the most recent presentation of the budget and looking at saving money in certain areas, I think it is inappropriate to agree a raise in members allowances."

The recommendation to apply an index increase was lost by 12-18 with two abstentions.

A total of 17 councillors supported freezing allowances with 12 against and there were four abstentions.

Under the current pay scheme, the deputy leader receives £11,884 with the leader of the main opposition receiving £5,942.


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