‘In­sult to Kent tax­pay­ers’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

The de­ci­sion to in­crease coun­cil­lors al­lowances by a whop­ping 15% has sparked out­rage – with wide­spread pub­lic crit­i­cism and fury among op­po­si­tion par­ties at County Hall.

Unions and the cam­paign group the Tax­pay­ers’ Al­liance have also weighed in to denounce the de­ci­sion and there’s even been crit­i­cism from Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors on other au­thor­i­ties.

Ton­bridge and Malling coun­cil­lor Ben Walker tweeted: “An in­sult to #Kent Tax­pay­ers. The sooner we abol­ish idle Kent County Coun­cil & es­tab­lish Uni­tary Au­thor­i­ties the bet­ter. Ap­palling.”

James Price, grassroots cam- paign man­ager at the Tax­pay­ers’ Al­liance, said: “Tax­pay­ers have ev­ery right to be an­gry at this huge above in­fla­tion rise. De­spite Kent County Coun­cil plead­ing poverty and rais­ing coun­cil tax this year, they have some­one found this ex­tra money down the back of the sofa – against in­de­pen­dent ad­vice – to line their own pock­ets.

“For them to have the moral au­thor­ity to carry out that im­por­tant job, coun­cil­lors must show re­straint when it comes to their own tax­payer-funded al­lowances and ease the bur­den on hard­pressed fam­i­lies.”

Paul Maloney, GMB South­ern re­gional sec­re­tary, said: “The Tory ma­jor­ity on Kent County Coun­cil are be­ing hyp­o­crit­i­cal in award­ing them­selves a 15% in­crease in their pay while im­ple­ment­ing a miserly pay in­crease for their staff work­ing in schools.

“These coun­cil­lors should forego this in­crease un­til such time they are in a po­si­tion to deal fairly with their own staff who are fac­ing high lev­els of in­fla­tion and dif­fi­cul­ties in pay­ing their bills.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4 Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre Ash­ford TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk

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