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re: co councillors

Posted by jj on June 25, 2011 at 16:36:49:

In Reply to: co councillors posted by michael m on June 25, 2011 at 00:43:35:

The figure for 2010 is 908k which is made up of pay (or representation) is roughly 520k with a further 80k for chairing committee or council meetings (do further pay) - the balance, 300k, is expenses but vouchered and non-vouchered.

So pay per councillor is roughly 20k per person (actually slightly less as they all can't be chairpersons), plus expenses on average 10k per annum.

30k per person doesn't look overly expensive.

Question is probably why 31 and not 10-15 range - that I don't know if it is historic or otherwise. Having too small of a committee puts power in fewer hands and creates its own problems but that alone is not justification for 31.

There are also three town councils (what was called urban) with 9 on each but I think the expenses are substantially lower from memory (but open to correction).

But if the question is why have a council with elected officials at all, then I would say it is important to have some power locally leaving national politicians free to focus on national issues.

I don't know why 31. And is a fair question.

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