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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Councillors to forgo some expenses

COUNCILLORS have agreed to forgo some of their expenses - with the cash instead being put into the local community.

A total of £32,00 will be raised by a number of allowances for councilors' responsibilities being stopped from April.

They include the decision-making executive reducing its number by one - although the councillors' identity has not been decided - and the mayor, his deputy and a number of committee chairs forgoing extras they had previously claimed.

Of the saving, £20,000 will be given to the Citizens' Advice Bureau to assist those who will soon impact from the new welfare reform.

Councillors agreed the move at last night's meeting. Council leader Elaine Woodburn said: "Whilst we are not allowed to reduce the number of councillors, members felt that they wanted to make a personal contribution.

"Whilst this does not make the budget cuts any more palatable, we feel it goes some way to showing we will do anything we can to mitigate the impact on the residents of Copeland."

Have your say

What is needed is a directly elected Mayor. - Right person would save millions and reduce the Council Tax. Get on with it.

Posted by Colin Wales on 4 March 2013 at 20:33

Can someone pleas justify then why EW received a 30 odd% pay rise. My coUncil tax will go up the maximum for the poorest return in service ever known, the town is a shambles with the only vision and hope they Hac is of nuclear subsidies. I pay top whack yet the roads up here have been a disgrace for yrs (up by fire station). Yet money is thrown left right and centre on 'other' estates!!! I believe our council is outdated, new people with new ideas and techniques are needed. All the cuts have done is enlighten how badly run and wasteful of funds CBC have been......to think we are losing BASIC town facilities whilst her pay rise would have covered it is truly a joke.... It's about time this woman was voted out of post

Posted by Dave on 2 March 2013 at 08:47

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