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BARNET LBC SET TO UP ALLOWANCES

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Proposals agreed by the policy and resources committee of Barnet LBC will see councillors receiving a rise in allow...
Proposals agreed by the policy and resources committee of Barnet LBC will see councillors receiving a rise in allowances of around£4,000 a year, reports The Ham and High (p9).

And senior members will receive as much as£12,000 more under the plans, which are still subject to approval.

Currently councillors receive a taxable basic allowance of£650 a year, which is increased to an average of£1,500 a year once attendance allowance is added on.

Under the new system, attendance allowance would be scrapped and instead every councillor would receive a new basic allowance of£5,250 plus£300 to cover all transport within Barnet, in addition to£1,000 a year for equipment and services, bringing the total each councillor receives to£6,550.

A banded system of special responsibility allowances would be introduced based on multiples of the basic allowance.

The leader of the council would receive three times the basic allowance -£15,750 - and the deputy leader£10,500. Currently both posts earn less than£5,000 on average.

Subject to approvals, the schemeeee, which would cost the council around£430,000, would take effect from 1 April next year.

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