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PANEL URGES HULL TO SLASH ITS ALLOWANCES

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The independent review panel looking into councillor allowances at Kingston-upon-Hull City Council is calling for b...
The independent review panel looking into councillor allowances at Kingston-upon-Hull City Council is calling for big cuts.

The panel wants to cut the basic£9,267 allowance by nearly£2,000 to£7,290, and slash the£16,203 annual special responsibility allowance paid to area committee chairs. The city council has seven area committees with executive powers.

Councillors were due to discuss and vote on the panel's report yesterday but all three major political parties have been taken aback by the recommendations.

Some councillors have predicted privately the report will be treated the same way as recommendations made in 1999, which were controversially ignored.

Three years ago, the three-man panel, chaired by Lord Norton, suggested only 20 of the then 60 councillors should receive enhanced allowances. But Labour, then in control, voted through 13 additional posts.
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