Councillor allowances – are they worth it?

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The cost of having 66 councillors in Sefton has been published.

Allowances claimed by the councillors came to an astounding £760,193.90.

Cllr Terry Jones says:

“Some councillors’ input is minimal and that needs to be looked at.”

‘Cllr Jones himself received a quite large special allowance (£4,300) for being leader of a minority group of only six councillors last year. Many councils do not pay allowances to opposition councillors except to the leader and deputy leader of the main opposition group. Councillor Jones has been noted for not making any contribution at all to a series of Council meetings.’

Ainsdale Tory councillor Terry Jones says:

“A lot of councillors work really very hard, sometimes they don’t, and the ones that work very hard get higher allowances because that’s what they deserve to get.”

Jones is quoted as receiving a total of £12,907. 80. Therefore his somewhat hypocritical remarks appear to be challenged as, ‘Pot calling the Kettle black,’ as above. 

Is this Conservative leader actually ‘worth’ what we are paying him?

Let’s inspect a few facts, concerning his behaviour in the community.

To begin with, Jones apparently gets paid for being on the’ Overview and Scrutiny Committee’ (Adult Social Care)

This is moderately comical as he and his Ainsdale associate, Cllr Ted Hartill, were noticeable by their total absence throughout a hard fought community battle to save the Brookdale’s specialist dementia care facility in Ainsdale.


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