Meeting over councillors' allowances

A PAIR of councillors determined to embarrass Wiltshire Council chiefs over their increased allowances, are calling for public support.

Independent Councillors Terry Chivers, and Jeff Osborn are asking residents to turn up to Wiltshire Council’s meeting on February 4 “to send a clear message to council leader Jane Scott, and the ruling Conservatives on Wiltshire Council” about increases in allowances that were agreed last year. The meeting, at County Hall in Trowbridge, was called after the required number of councillors requested it, in an attempt to reverse the increases of up to 37 per cent that were voted through for Cllr Scott and her cabinet.

Cllr Chivers said: “The Conservatives are on the run, and cracks are starting to appear in the Conservative group. Talking in private to some Conservative councillors, it’s very clear that some of their councillors are very unhappy.”

Cllr Osborn said: “Let’s show Jane Scott, that she must listen to the residents of Wiltshire. We can reverse this decision but we need the support of the residents of Wiltshire to turn up on February 4 at 10am. Even if we are defeated this issue will not go away. We will campaign against these increases until the next election when the public will send a clear message to Jane by giving her a red card at the next council elections.”

The row about allowances has rumbled on since Cabinet members had theirs boosted by at least 22 per cent, with Cllr Scott pocketing an increase of 37 per cent – taking her total allowances to £52,227.

Councillors’ basic allowances went up by one per cent to £12,289 a year.

The increases followed recommendations from an independent remuneration panel and were backdated to May.

The meeting is also set to receive a 2,673-name petition from Wiltshire resident Paul Gaunt, calling on the leader and cabinet to resign. The petition states that the increase in allowances “shows a total disregard for service users, the front-line and back office staff at the council, as well as the council tax and business rate payers of the county of Wiltshire”.

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5:26pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Schoolmum999 says...

Sorry, I can't make it. I'll be at work, but as a former conservative voter who will not be voting for them again, councillors please do the right thing!
Sorry, I can't make it. I'll be at work, but as a former conservative voter who will not be voting for them again, councillors please do the right thing! Schoolmum999
  • Score: 13

6:21pm Mon 27 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Perhaps in invite should go to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, so he can see exactly how his austerity measures are implemented in Wiltshire. I'm sure it would be a real eye opener for him to see taxpayers money being thrown about like confetti at the county hall top brass while people are made homeless and starve. Maybe not though, people like him see only what they want to see and disregard the rest.
Perhaps in invite should go to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, so he can see exactly how his austerity measures are implemented in Wiltshire. I'm sure it would be a real eye opener for him to see taxpayers money being thrown about like confetti at the county hall top brass while people are made homeless and starve. Maybe not though, people like him see only what they want to see and disregard the rest. karlmarx
  • Score: 13

9:40pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Moze says...

Not everyone can spare the time to be at the meeting but it would be nice to be able to in some way show that we are opposed to increases in allowances by these greedy sods, perhaps if Jane Scott were bombarded with emails of disgust she would stop the rise
Not everyone can spare the time to be at the meeting but it would be nice to be able to in some way show that we are opposed to increases in allowances by these greedy sods, perhaps if Jane Scott were bombarded with emails of disgust she would stop the rise Moze
  • Score: 11

11:01pm Mon 27 Jan 14

gingin says...

Moze wrote:
Not everyone can spare the time to be at the meeting but it would be nice to be able to in some way show that we are opposed to increases in allowances by these greedy sods, perhaps if Jane Scott were bombarded with emails of disgust she would stop the rise
She has even been advised by Eric Pickles not to take the increase at this time but she has taken no notice of a senior Tory MP and still insists she will take the money.

"We are all in this together" make of that what you will!!!
[quote][p][bold]Moze[/bold] wrote: Not everyone can spare the time to be at the meeting but it would be nice to be able to in some way show that we are opposed to increases in allowances by these greedy sods, perhaps if Jane Scott were bombarded with emails of disgust she would stop the rise[/p][/quote]She has even been advised by Eric Pickles not to take the increase at this time but she has taken no notice of a senior Tory MP and still insists she will take the money. "We are all in this together" make of that what you will!!! gingin
  • Score: 9

1:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

gingin says...

The Wiltshire Times website is reporting from gaining freedom of information that Jane Scott is now not going to accept her huge allowance rise.

Too little too late.

What about the rest of them?
The Wiltshire Times website is reporting from gaining freedom of information that Jane Scott is now not going to accept her huge allowance rise. Too little too late. What about the rest of them? gingin
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

nesspah says...

Schoolmum999 wrote:
Sorry, I can't make it. I'll be at work, but as a former conservative voter who will not be voting for them again, councillors please do the right thing!
Same here mum on both counts.

Really suprised that the woman is apparently not taking her allowance increase. I had her in that group that become intoxicated with power, divorced from reality & propped up by a gutless junta.

If she decided to put some South Wilts councillors into her cabinet I might have to climb down from that perch.
[quote][p][bold]Schoolmum999[/bold] wrote: Sorry, I can't make it. I'll be at work, but as a former conservative voter who will not be voting for them again, councillors please do the right thing![/p][/quote]Same here mum on both counts. Really suprised that the woman is apparently not taking her allowance increase. I had her in that group that become intoxicated with power, divorced from reality & propped up by a gutless junta. If she decided to put some South Wilts councillors into her cabinet I might have to climb down from that perch. nesspah
  • Score: 5

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