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I am writing this letter in a bid to appeal to the moral consciences of all City of York councillors by asking them to vote against their proposed increase in allowances and expenses at their October meeting.
While I am only too aware of the work necessary to adequately fulfil the role of a councillor, I am also aware that the original Pay Review Body decreed that the council leader's post was a fifty per cent post with all other posts linked to figures below this level.
I have no doubt that in the intervening years, the role of the leader has now been built. However this has to take account of the percentage of time previously allocated to “voluntary” aspects of the councillor’s role.
We should also take account of the fact that the majority of previous council leaders, like the majority of councillors, have all managed to combine their careers with their duties as a councillor.
The direct results of current Government policy is being felt by the staff employed by the council. This is in the form of three- year pay freezes, cuts in allowances and other conditions of service, hugely increased work loads etc etc.
They too had “pay review bodies”, both independent and jointly agreed. However, their findings have been completely ignored as per Government policy.
So members, whatever your political persuasions, please lead by example and do not award yourselves something which is currently denied to your staff, and the residents you are there to represent.
Liz Edge (ex-councillor), Parkside Close, York
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