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July 22, 2013 3:26 PM

New committees should not mean another £12,000 in allowances for councillors - Cllr Bob Sullivan

On Thursday the Liberal Democrat group voted against proposals that would mean more special responsibility allowances for councillors.

Lib Dems criticised the Labour group for using scrutiny politically to avoid any real scrutiny of council policies, whilst at the same time awarding themselves more money.

The Labour council are splitting the health and adults committee into two new committees that will focus separately on public health and adults services.

They are creating two additional paid positions for their members who will take the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee, who will get an extra £8,000 and £4,000 respectively on top of the £10,000 a year they earn as councillors.

Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Bob Sullivan said:

"Labour are just creating more paid positions to reward their members. The current proposal could mean £12,000 in extra costs to Waltham Forest council tax payers."

"There are a lot of ways Labour could ensure this doesn't cost more money: Either by cutting these allowances across the council or by sharing the existing allowances for the old committee across the two new ones.

"Labour councillors should stop trying to hide their failures by stuffing committees full of their own members.

"They should be taking responsibility over their failures over jobs in this Borough and cutting their 'special responsibility allowances' rather than giving themselves more allowances."