Al­lowances claims drop be­low £1.8m

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Expenses Row -

County coun­cil­lors claimed just un­der £1.8m in ex­penses and al­lowances – their “pay” – last year.

The over­all £1,784,219 for the 84 elected mem­bers in 2012- 2013 is down on the pre­vi­ous year by 1%, from £1,801,693.

Coun­cil­lors re­cently voted for a pay freeze over the next four years af­ter an in­de­pen­dent panel said a hike was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Of the claims made last year, the bulk was the ba­sic al­lowance of £12,805 that ev­ery coun­cil­lor is en­ti­tled to. That made up £1,063,741.

The sec­ond largest sum was for those coun­cil­lors paid so- called spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity al­lowances (SRA), prin­ci­pally mem­bers of the Con­ser­va­tive cabi­net.

Each cabi­net mem­ber is paid £27,371 while deputy cabi­net mem­bers re­ceive £12,633.

Other SRA pay­ments are made to op­po­si­tion lead­ers and com­mit­tee chair­men.

Coun­cil leader Paul Carter re­ceived £54,913 – £42,109 for his role as leader and £12,805 in ba­sic al­lowance.

Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Cllr Trudy Dean re­ceived £ 21,412, of which £8,607 was as of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion leader.

Coun­cil­lors claimed £130,594 for car mileage and £7,422 for pub­lic trans­port on coun­cil busi­ness.

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