Councillors take home total of £280k in allowances

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Lancaster city councillors cost council taxpayers more than £280,000 in allowances during the last financial year, latest figures reveal.

Our elected representatives claimed a total of £281,595.

All 60 councillors are paid a basic £3,300 a year.

In addition, 28 were paid special responsibility allowances totalling £80,182.

This varies in amount depending on whether they are a cabinet member, committee chairman or civic chairman.

Those allowances include £11,059 for council leader Coun Eileen Blamire, who is also Labour Party leader and a cabinet member, £6,530 for deputy leader Coun Janice Hanson, who is Labour deputy leader and a cabinet member, and £5,529 each for the six other cabinet members.

Travelling and subsistence allowances paid to 29 councillors amounted to £3,962.

Of those, the highest claim was £800.11 by Heysham MBI councillor Geoff Knight.

Coun Ron Sands, who has special responsibility for leisure, culture and tourism, claimed the second highest travel expenses at £421.95.

More than half – 31 councillors – did not claim for any travel and subsistence costs.

Top ten total claimants: Eileen Blamire £14,661.36; Janice Hanson £9,830.04; Ron Sands £9,251.91; Abbott Bryning £8,980.76; Tim Hamilton-Cox £8,908.46; David Smith £8,839.51; Jon Barry £8,829.96; Karen Leytham £8,829.96; Keith Budden £7,901.16; David Kerr £7,139.76.