District councillors have refused to take a cut in their allowances - despite the idea potentially saving civic centre jobs.They'll be happy to cut other people's wages but not their own. Sad, but true.
Members of Shepway District Council met last week where the motion of chopping 10 per cent off their £3,867 basic allowance was discussed.
It was estimated the reduction in expenses, which also included special responsibility allowances, would free up around £40,000 in the budget - more than the salary of a number of frontline council staff.
But the motion, which was put forward by the Liberal Democrats and backed by People First, was defeated by the majority Conservative administration.
Outraged Lib Dem leader Lynne Beaumont said "I'm absolutely disgusted as this cut in allowances could save a job on the council
One councillor who refused the change said she worked hard for her money - well, so do the people who work for the Shepway District Council
We are facing tough times ahead when we will no doubt have to lose job, yet the Tory leadership clearly felt their expenses were more important than the jobs of the people who work here at the council."
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