Councillors to get a rise?

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CITY councillors will next week be given the chance to accept an inflation-busting £79,500 increase in their allowances.

A report by a six-strong independent remuneration panel, which recommends changes to allowances, says the hike would be justified “in principle” given that the main allowances paid by Lancaster City Council are below average when compared to other local authorities.

It would see the council’s overall allowances bill go up from £298,600 this year to £378,100 – a 26 per cent rise at a time when public sector workers face a pay freeze and mass redundancies.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-01-11) for full story.