The six Labour councillors on Tendring District Council (TDC) have declined to receive the increase to members’ allowances voted in at the meeting of the council held on 21st February.
The increases to members’ allowances put forward by the leader of the council, Cllr. Neil Stock, were not recommended by the Independent Remuneration panel and resulted in some councillors receiving thousands of pounds in additional allowances having already received an increase in May 2019. The Labour Group believes that this money should remain in TDC’s coffers to support local services.
Leader of the Labour group, Cllr. Ivan Henderson, says, “This proposal did not have the approval of the Independent Remuneration Panel. The Labour councillors did not agree with this so we are declining to accept the increase.”
The six Labour councillors are:
Ivan Henderson (Harwich and Kingsway Ward), Garry Calver (Dovercourt Bay Ward), Maria Fowler and Jo Henderson (Dovercourt All Saints Ward), Pam Morrison (Dovercourt Tollgate Ward) and Bill Davidson (Dovercourt Vines and Parkeston Ward).
The Labour Group does not believe it is right to accept an increase to members’ allowances unless it has been recommended by the Independent Remuneration Panel.
For further information please contact Ivan Henderson on 07889 367822