Swindon AdvertiserCouncil leader WILL refuse a rise in allowances (From Swindon Advertiser)

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Council leader WILL refuse a rise in allowances

Swindon Advertiser: Council Leader, Jane Scott Council Leader, Jane Scott

WILTSHIRE Council leader Jane Scott has decided not to accept her controversial rise in allowances, a Freedom of Information request by the Adver’s sister paper, the Gazette And Herald has revealed.

Coun Scott would have been eligible to receive total allowances of more than £52,227, up from £37,335 –- an increase of nearly 40 per cent – following the council vote to increase allowances in November.

But the FOI request confirmed Coun Scott and Coun Stewart Dobson, from Marlborough, had refused the increase and Coun Laura Mayes, from Devizes, had refused half of her increase.

Coun Scott would have been entitled to £12,289 for being a councillor, £30,772 for being council leader and £9,216 as chairman of the health and wellbeing board.

The increase would have been backdated to last year’s May elections.

Before the vote Coun Scott received £25,168 for being council leader and £12,167 for being a councillor.

The basic councillor’s allowance went up by one per cent – a rise of £122 while those councillors who are members of the cabinet saw allowances increase by at least 22 per cent from £15,101 to £18,433 a year.

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4:47pm Wed 29 Jan 14

underdogs says...

It was so nice to see how quickly Councillor Jane Scott informed the council and our local press that under no circumstances would she accept this huge increase in light of the current economic climate !!!!!! How long did it take ? Good on you Pickles !!
It was so nice to see how quickly Councillor Jane Scott informed the council and our local press that under no circumstances would she accept this huge increase in light of the current economic climate !!!!!! How long did it take ? Good on you Pickles !! underdogs
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4:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14

underdogs says...

PS - nice to see the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald using the Freedom of Information route , a useful tool it appears when Wiltshire Council do not respond to emails or phone calls requesting a statement. As Councillor Jane Scott said last year - Wiltshire Council is , and always will be an open and transparent Council - apparently even if that means having to force the information out of them ! ?
PS - nice to see the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald using the Freedom of Information route , a useful tool it appears when Wiltshire Council do not respond to emails or phone calls requesting a statement. As Councillor Jane Scott said last year - Wiltshire Council is , and always will be an open and transparent Council - apparently even if that means having to force the information out of them ! ? underdogs
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