Cllrs Andrew Atkinson and Paul Rone will put forward a motion that could potentially save £40,000, equivalent to two full-time posts.
They hope that this will also open a debate around cutting senior officers’ wages, the top 13 of whom are making more than a million combined.
“We want councillors in these incredibly hard times to lead the way and take a voluntary cut and then we can look at the huge salaries of some of our senior officers and ask them to do the same,” said Atkinson.
It’s a bold move from two Conservative councillors, but it doesn’t go far enough.
A 10% cut is not a lot and many councillors either own businesses or have second incomes.
In May we called on all councillors well-off enough to do so to give up the whole 100% of their allowance. It takes the Michael that some of our so-called representatives have other considerable wealth yet continue to take a wage at a time when they’re making hundreds of their employees redundant.
All parties are guilty.
Tomorrow’s motion is unlikely to be passed. Even if it did councillors will only be agreeing to a voluntary reduction, something that they can, and are most likely to, just conveniently ignore.
If the motion is rejected will Cllrs Atkinson and Rone take a 10% cut anyway? Or will they do a ‘Liz Harvey‘ and just pretend their proposal never happened?