Redcar & Cleveland’s Liberal Democrat Group today abstained on the issue of councillors’ allowances.
The Independent Remuneration Panel which looks into councillors pay recommended no change this year.
Lib Dem Leader Councillor Chris Abbott, who represents Newcomen ward, said:
“We welcome the freeze in councillors’ allowances. To increase the amounts would have been quite wrong in the current economic climate.”
“But there is a more fundamental issue here. Councillors should not be setting their own pay, and we have asked the Government to consider taking the decision away from councillors altogether.”