Personal allowances tax abolished by Swaffham councillors
Swaffham town councillors have voted to abolish personal allowances in a bid to reduce the council tax precept for 2020.
The council’s finance committee had previously scrutinised the draft budget analysis for 2020 in a bid to avoid extra tax.
A full town council meeting heard last week that the personal allowances equate to £100 for each councillor.
Conservative Paul Darby objected to the allowance being abolished, claiming the cost of expenses from travel adds up when being a councillor.
Mr Darby said: “I believe it’s just a little token of thanks from the public to say thank you for being a councillor.”
In response, deputy mayor Keith Sandle suggested that if it was a “token of thanks to the community” then the public should be able to vote on whether the allowances should be abolished or not.
Chairman of the finance committee, councillor Ian Pilcher said: "We are looking to save where we can and it became very obvious several councillors did not desire or feel the need to take £100 from our council tax precept.
“If seven councillors do not want it then that brings the budget draft down by £700 which is another few pennies towards keeping the precept at zero for 2020.”
Residents4residents councillor Graham Edwards proposed scrapping the allowance which was overwhelmingly voted through.
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