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What’s the raise that public sector workers get every year, again? One per cent.

How will workers in Kent feel about that, now that the Conservatives running their county council have voted to increase their own pay by FIFTEEN TIMES AS MUCH?

And remember, this is a percentage increase; if councillors are already paid more than the people working for them, then the real-money increase is even more.

And no – this council has not discovered Theresa May’s “magic money tree” – the cash is coming from council taxpayers.

According to KentLive, councillors ignored independent advice that any increase in their allowances should be restricted to 1.5 per cent.

This means the raise on the basic member allowance would have been £195 – from £12,805 to £13,000.

But a 15 per cent increase would put the allowance up by £1,920.

And that’s only the basic allowance! In addition to that, council leader Paul Carter took a ‘special responsibility’ allowance of £42,109 – that’s £54,914 in total, not counting sundry expenses and subsistence claims. A 15 per cent increase on that is a whopping £8,237, putting his allowance up to £63,151.

By the way, in February this year, the same councillors supported a 3.99 per cent increase in council tax – while cutting services.

It seems the normally ultra-Conservative Taxpayers’ Alliance was right when grassroots campaign manager James Price said: “”Despite Kent County Council pleading poverty and raising council tax this year, they have somehow found this extra money down the back of the sofa – against independent advice…

“To line their own pockets.”

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