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Cliff Jordan, Conservative leader of Norfolk Counci [Image: Evolve Politics].

Conservative priorities: Take from the poor to give to themselves.

The authority comprises 84 councillors – that means they are taking an extra £84,000 a year from the council’s budget.

This year, because they are backdating the rise to May, that amount rises to £120,000.

The contrast with their attitude to the people they are supposed to serve could not be more stark – on the same day they awarded themselves this entirely-undeserved raise, the Norfolk Tories voted to cut vital children’s services.

And they have decided the council will have to make cuts of £125 million across the board over the next four years.

The logic is very clear:

How else are the people of Norfolk to pay for any future pay rises demanded by their councillors?

The revelation comes only a day after it was revealed that councillors in Lancashire had decided to award a £104 million contract to a private health company instead of the NHS, prompting fury at the diversion of public money into private bank accounts.

It seems clear that the Tory agenda for local authorities is the same as for national governments: ‘Starve the Beast’.

That means: Privatise everything so public money intended for services becomes private profit instead; tax breaks and pay rises for the obscenely rich…

And cuts to services for the poor, justified by a feeble claim that there isn’t any money.

The Conservative-led Council in Norfolk has come in for stinging criticism today after deciding to award themselves with an inflation-busting 11% pay rise just hours after voting through swingeing cuts to vital children’s services in the area.

Not only will Norfolk’s Councillor’s see their allowances rise by over £1000 a year, the greedy Tory Councillors also decided to backdate their own pay rise from May, meaning they will each pocket an extra £400 on top.

The decision was made despite the fact that the Tory-led Council had argued Norfolk would need to make cuts of £125m to vital services over the next four years.

And to add insult to injury for the people of Norfolk, the vote to hand themselves huge pay rises came just hours after Tory Councillors had forced through budget cuts to vital local children’s services.

The Councillors, who are only generally required to work for only a few hours a week, will see their already-generous allowances rise from £9,401 to £10,500.

Source: Tory Council award themselves 11% pay rise just hours after voting for cuts to kids’ services | Evolve Politics

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