Exmouth councillors' allowance increases
EXMOUTH'S town councillors have agreed to an increase in their allowance – even though they do not claim it.
EXMOUTH'S town councillors have agreed to an increase in their allowance - even though they do not claim it.
The council has been told by local government purse holders members will each be entitled to claim �283 basic allowance during 2009/10 to use against any official council duties.
Currently none of the councillors claims the cash but members said retaining the funds was paramount to prevent disqualification.
The council believes becoming a member should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and voted for the increase to aid others who could be put off from joining through lack of funds.
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The Independent Remuneration Panel for East Devon calculated the allowance in line with district council standards.
The panel recommended �413 special responsibility allowance, payable to the town's mayor, and �283 members' basic allowance.
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