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Councillors vote to freeze their allowances

Members of North Yorkshire County Council today voted against awarding themselves an increase in their allowances.

The council’s independent panel on members’ remunerations had recommended a 1% increase, in line with pay awards made nationally to local government employees.

However, at its quarterly meeting today, the council supported an amendment from the Leader, Councillor John Weighell (pictured), proposing that there should be no increase in allowances.

Councillor John Weighell said:  At a time when the authority is being forced to make significant savings across the board – some of which will inevitably impact on front-line services – it would be wholly inappropriate for us to award ourselves an increase.

The allowances paid to councillors have not been increased since 2009/10.

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