Savings of more than £144k will be achieved through changes in the Members’ Allowances scheme at Sefton Council.

Last night (July 5) members at Full Council voted on freezing the current level of allowances given to them at the 2011/12 rates.

Due to a reduction in the size of Sefton’s Cabinet and the number of party spokespersons, an initial saving of £76,680 was suggested by the Independent Remuneration Panel.

But by freezing the allowances at the 2011/12 rates, a further saving of £68,160 will now be generated making an overall saving of £144,840 to the authority for the coming year.

As part of the scheme, all 66 councillors in Sefton will still receive a basic allowance of £8,520.

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton, welcomed the decision made at Southport Town Hall.

He said: “We all know these are very difficult times especially as we have to find further savings of around £43m over the next two years due to reductions in Government funding.

“With this in mind, the new scheme has reduced the size of our Cabinet and the number of party spokespersons and will generate savings of almost £150,000 for this financial year.

“By making savings like this through the Members’ Allowances scheme, hopefully residents will see that we will do our best to make efficiencies wherever possible in order to meet these difficult targets.”

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