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COUNCILLORS ALLOWANCES FOR LINCOLNSHIRE SHOW REDUCTION OVER PAST YEAR

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Figures have now been released by Lincolnshire CC, which detail the amounts paid to their county councillors for th...
Figures have now been released by Lincolnshire CC, which detail the amounts paid to their county councillors for the approved council duties they have undertaken during the financial year ending 31 March 1998.

The financial details show that total allowances paid from the 1st April 1997 to 1st April 1998 to the 76 members on the council amounted to£280,575 which is a reduction of some£22,000 on the previous years claims. The details include allowances paid during April 1997 to those Members who ceased to be county councillors following the election on 1 May.

In summary, the difference in cash has arisen from a reduction in allowances paid to members of some£12,700 and in travel and subsistance payments of nearly£9,000. This follows a review of committee structure and a reduction in the frequency of meetings during 1997/98.

As is previous years, there is considerable variation in the level of payments made to individual councillors. These variations are due, in the main, to differing levels of responsibility attaching to individual council members, for which special responsibility allowances are payable. The home address of members relative to the location of approved council duties is the main reason for differences in travel and subsistence payments.
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