Councillors at Bolsover DC have rejected independent advice to halve their basic allowance to match neighbouring authorities.
A full council meeting of Bolsover DC rejected the 47% cut to their £10,047 basic allowance proposed by an independent remuneration panel, voting instead to freeze remuneration for the next four years.
Deputy council leader Alan Tomlinson (Lab) said: “We value the work and contribution of our scrutiny members and felt that the proposed reduction in basic allowance penalised them and did not reflect the amount of work they undertake and their responsibilities, both at the council and in their own time.”
Councillors also rejected the independent panel’s suggested increase for special allowances and opted for a four-year freeze again. The panel had suggested a 31% increase for the leader and deputy and a 48% increase for executive members and the main opposition leader.