Response to TPA report on councillor allowances
- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:37
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Responding to the report by the TaxPayers' Alliance on councillor allowances, Councillor Peter Fleming, Chairman of the LGA Improvement Board, said..
"The overwhelming majority of councils have either frozen or reduced their allowances and nationally the average figure has fallen.
"Councillors play a vital role in local communities and typically spend more than 20 hours each week working on behalf of residents. The average allowance is around £7,000 per year, and given the time commitment involved the motivation to be a councillor is clearly not the remuneration.
"Councillors receive financial support for the time they give so that people from all walks of life are able to take part in local politics. Providing financial support ensures that local democracy does not become the preserve of the privileged few who can afford to give their time for free.
"Allowances are a matter for individual local authorities and are decided democratically on the advice of independent remuneration panels. Residents have the opportunity to hold their councillors to account in both the council chamber and at the ballot box if they feel they are not getting value for money."