LOCAL MP SAYS ANY FUTURE PAY RISES FOR CITY COUNCILLORS SHOULD ONLY BE IN ‘SOLIDARITY’ WITH PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS.
On 19th October at the Guildhall, Canterbury City Councillors will debate a Labour Party motion calling upon the city leaders to ‘limit any future increases to Members’ allowances.’ The motion, tabled by Leader of the Labour Group, Alan Baldock, states that any future rises to city councillors’ pay should be ‘to the level of the public sector pay award or [the rate of] inflation, whichever is lower.’
Rosie Duffield MP for Canterbury & Whitstable, supports the motion. Rosie says: ‘The greed of Kent County Councillors in awarding themselves a 15% pay rise earlier this year was astonishing. Paul Carter, Conservative Leader for KCC, should be ashamed at hiking up allowances so much when so many people in Kent are struggling. Under Tory cuts and public-sector wage caps, people haven’t seen a significant rise in their pay-packet for years. I talk to people every day who are really struggling to pay their rent and feed their children; many of my constituents are suffering for the brutal decisions of Tory policy makers. This motion, by Alan Baldock and the Labour Group, will prevent the greed of KCC leaders seeping down to city level. I have full confidence that even the Conservatives on the council will support this motion. Not to do so would be an outrage.’
The Labour motion comes before the Guildhall on 19th October.