County councillors vote to increase expenses

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COUNTY councillors voted almost unanimously to increase member allowances and expenses on Friday.

Allowances and expenses were frozen in 2010.

However, the governance committee recommended the scheme be restored ahead of the meeting.

Margaret Whitehead, Conservative councillor for Chichester south, said younger people were discouraged from entering local politics by the subsequent cut in their income they would presumably have to take.

“A lot of us are quite elderly and we do need to encourage younger people to come in,” she said.

“We have got to look at it from that point of view.

“If they’re losing work they need to be reimbursed for what they have lost.”

However, some councillors did oppose the proposal, as it came just a few weeks after it was revealed the county council could face cuts of up to £140m across the next four years.

One of the increases would see mileage rates increase from 53.8p per mille to 59.25p.