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Debating the rise
I AM becoming tired of Matthew Laverack’s continued carping and pontificating on matters he knows very little about.
His contribution of September 17 suggests that all City of York councillors are on “a nice little earner” and should not be accepting any increases in their allowances as suggested by the independent remuneration panel. Whether we do or not accept the recommended increases remains to be seen, but I think I would speak for all shades of political opinion on the council that the “nice little earner” for a councillor on a basic allowance, doing their job, works out at a rate of pay less than the minimum wage.
So come on, Mr Laverack – have the guts to put your head above the parapet and seek election as an independent next time local elections are held. I can’t think you would do the job and regard your reward as a “nice little earner”.
No doubt this letter will generate a response from Mr Laverack, but I will state here and now that you will not get any further correspondence from me on the matter.
• CITY of York Council is always pleading poverty, telling us which services will have to be cut and telling us months in advance that our council tax will have to be increased next year.
Then I read in The Press of September 13 that councilors may be awarded pay rises of nearly £3,000 a year.
When you realise there are 47 councillors, that is a lot of money. Could someone please tell me exactly what they do to merit that amount?
From what I read in the paper they hire consultants to decide where and when to save money. I’m sure there are many people who could do their job for half that amount.
Mrs Margaret Mason, Anthea Drive, Huntington , York.