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A proposal to increase pay for Richmondshire district councillors has been rejected.

An independent remuneration panel recommended that allowances paid to members should rise.

But members of Full Council last night (Dec 8) unanimously rejected the proposal saying it was not the right time to implement rises.

“We note the panels views and thanks them for their report which has highlighted the position for our councillors,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“But it is not appropriate at this time to implement their recommendations.  We note their recommendations but will not be taking any action on them. With covid 19, the loss of jobs, reduced working hours and complete uncertainty – Richmondshire councillors decided once again that now is Not the time.”

The current scheme has not been reviewed for ten years with no inflationary rises applied since then.   The number of councillors has also dropped from 34 to 24 leading to added workloads. The panel had suggested a rise in the basic allowance paid to each councillor from £8.20 per day to £11.80 – with the leaders allowance rising to £8,652.  Overall their changes would have cost the authority another £41,353 per year.

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