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Town Councillors reject chance to claim expenses

 
Created on 31/05/2017 @ 20:56
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Welshpool Town Councillors tonight rejected the chance to claim expenses after hearing the move could cost the authority up to £97,000.

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has told councillors across Wales they are entitled to an unlimited financial loss allowance, as well as being reimbursed the costs of care while they are attending meetings for a dependent child or adult of up to £403 a month

If approved by the Town Council it could have cost the council £97,000 in the coming year according to a report prepared by Town Clerk Robert Robinson - which would mean a substantial increase in council tax.

But councillors rejected the chance to claim expenses with only one member voting against the decision.

Councillor Phil Pritchard said he was completely against the suggestion. "Perish the day when councillors on this town council start claiming expenses. We are here to serve the people of Welshpool and I propose we take no part in this scheme at all."

Councillor Shane Squibb said apart from the normal Mayor's allowance, no money should be claimed by councillors and Deputy Mayor Hazel Evans said she would certainly not claim allowances, even though she was in a position to.

Councillor Estelle Bleivas said it sent out the wrong message and would attract the wrong type of councillor and the Mayor, Councillor Steve Kaye, said he would leave the council if the scheme was adopted in Welshpool.

But Councillor Richard Church said the scheme had merits. "There should be an option to claim loss of earning allowances and claim back the cost of care for elderly, disabled or children. We need to encourage people from all walks of life to be councillors."

The council voted by 12-1 to reject the chance to claim expenses.


Welshpool Town Councillors tonight rejected the chance to claim expenses after hearing the move could cost the authority up to £97,000.

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has told councillors across Wales they are entitled to an unlimited financial loss allowance, as well as being reimbursed the costs of care while they are attending meetings for a dependent child or adult of up to £403 a month

If approved by the Town Council it could have cost the council £97,000 in the coming year according to a report prepared by Town Clerk Robert Robinson - which would mean a substantial increase in council tax.

But councillors rejected the chance to claim expenses with only one member voting against the decision.

Councillor Phil Pritchard said he was completely against the suggestion. "Perish the day when councillors on this town council start claiming expenses. We are here to serve the people of Welshpool and I propose we take no part in this scheme at all."

Councillor Shane Squibb said part from the normal Mayor's allowance no money should be claimed by councillors ads Deputy Mayor Hazel Evans She could certainly not claim allowances, even though she was in a position to.

Councillor Estelle Bleivas said it sent out the wrong message and would attract the wrong type of councillor and the Mayor, Councillor Steve Kaye said he would leave the council if the scheme was adopted in Welshpool.

But Councillor Richard Church said the scheme had merits. "There should be an option to claim loss of earning allowances and claim back the cost of care for elderly, disabled or children. We need to encourage people from all walks of life to be councillors.

The council voted by 12-1 to reject the chance to claim expenses.

Welshpool Town Councillors tonight rejected the chance to claim expenses after hearing the move could cost the authority up to £97,000.

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has told councillors across Wales they are entitled to an unlimited financial loss allowance, as well as being reimbursed the costs of care while they are attending meetings for a dependent child or adult of up to £403 a month

If approved by the Town Council it could have cost the council £97,000 in the coming year according to a report prepared by Town Clerk Robert Robinson - which would mean a substantial increase in council tax.

But councillors rejected the chance to claim expenses with only one member voting against the decision.

Councillor Phil Pritchard said he was completely against the suggestion. "Perish the day when councillors on this town council start claiming expenses. We are here to serve the people of Welshpool and I propose we take no part in this scheme at all."

Councillor Shane Squibb said part from the normal Mayor's allowance no money should be claimed by councillors ads Deputy Mayor Hazel Evans She could certainly not claim allowances, even though she was in a position to.

Councillor Estelle Bleivas said it sent out the wrong message and would attract the wrong type of councillor and the Mayor, Councillor Steve Kaye said he would leave the council if the scheme was adopted in Welshpool.

But Councillor Richard Church said the scheme had merits. "There should be an option to claim loss of earning allowances and claim back the cost of care for elderly, disabled or children. We need to encourage people from all walks of life to be councillors.

The council voted by 12-1 to reject the chance to claim expenses.

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