Refuse allowance rise, West Norfolk councillors urged

GV of  the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, King's Court Hq, Chapel Street King's Lynn ANL-160704-112750009
GV of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, King's Court Hq, Chapel Street King's Lynn ANL-160704-112750009

West Norfolk councillors have been urged to reject proposals to raise their allowances by more than eight per cent.

The move, which was backed by the borough council’s ruling cabinet last week, has already been criticised by union officials and Labour councillor Gary McGuinness.

Now, the West Norfolk Liberal Democrats, who currently have no council seats, have added their voice to calls for a rethink.

Party spokesman Simon Wilson said: “At a time, when severe cuts are being made to a variety of services and to the funding of groups providing valuable advice and support to some of the more vulnerable members of local community,; and when hard working council staff are being awarded a derisory pay increase of just one per cent, this proposal sends completely the wrong message.

“In West Norfolk, we are certainly not in this together.”

The allowance proposals were presented by an independent panel, who argue that the increase equates to only 1.6 per cent when taken over the past decade as a whole.

They have also proposed that future allowance increases are kept in line with staff pay awards.

The issue is set to be debated at the next full council meeting on April 28.