That’s the view of one councillor who claimed instead that members of the public should simply wait until the next election to kick out the ones that don’t give ‘good value for money’.
Cllr Liz Harvey, member for Ledbury, told the Heckler: “Councillors have all sorts of personal circumstances … My £7k allowance is all the income I have except for any honey I can sell from keeping bees.”
But Harvey categorically stated that those councillors who had private businesses or other incomes shouldn’t have to give up allowances, even at a time when Herefordshire Council is looking to make huge cuts to make up its budget shortfall.
“I don’t think most councillors give good value for the allowances they are paid but the responsibility for doing something about that lies with their electorate. They voted them in either by positively exercising their franchise, or by refusing to do so. If councillors are rubbish—and many are—people should press them to be better NOW or vote them out at the next election.”
Back in May 2011, Cllr Harvey proposed that all councillors wave the special responsibility allowance some are given for taking on extra duties. The proposal was rejected. Hypocritically, Harvey carried on taking her own special responsibility allowance claiming that it couldn’t be stopped. In 2011–2012 she was paid an additional £2,493.31.
The council’s big meeting to discuss service cuts will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 2.30pm at the Shire Hall, Hereford. A rally is also expected to go ahead at 9.00am, also at the Shire Hall.