Obscene: Conservative council votes for 15 PER CENT pay rise

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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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7 thoughts on “Obscene: Conservative council votes for 15 PER CENT pay rise

  1. PJB

    This pay raise is because no one stood up to them and that’s why they can do anything they want because the people won’t stand up to the wannabe despots and tell them no, there’s no protesting anywhere or general strike anywhere and we are letting them kill us. They had a £15,000 raise and some of the people, like police, army, nurses, Doctor are given 1%.
    There has to be an uprise somewhere, or kiss our asses goodbye. The French stand up and Greece and many more.

  2. Barry Davies

    Councillors used to just get expenses perhaps returning to that would get people who care about something more than boosting their incomes no matte which party they belong to.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The only people seeking election under those circumstances would be those who have retired.
      No, it’s fine that councillors get allowances – but I don’t see why any should receive more than a basic allowance plus permissible expenses and subsistence costs, and I think any rise in that allowance should be pegged to inflation (but that’s just an initial feeling).

  3. Dez

    Pure Greed for lacklustre work screwing the people they supposed to represent ie looking after their interests and PUBLIC services……not lining their own grubby pockets…..Greedy yopping hoorays are coming out the woodwork everywhere.

  4. Colin Glazebrook

    Head of the council reckons he deserves it because he frequently works 65 hours a week. I worked as a continental HGV driver for 20 years and would have loved to work a mere 65 hours a week, most weeks it was over 80 hours plus 4 or 5 nights sleeping in a truck cab while a trailer fridge motor pounded away in my ear.

    1. Dez

      Yes this one was always a pompous Tory even when he resided over this same Councils cock-ups which cost the rate payers money.. Agree they should not be out of pocket and the days of voluntary councillors have long gone but the younger members of society do not have the time and probably inclination to join this unappreciated bunch of people representatives. Unfortunately the Cons have the private interests/income to invest time in pushing their Cons agendas so maybe its time to pay basic salaries like our frugal MPs who get large pay increases without to much trouble.

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