The Telegraph and ConservativeHome were yesterday covering proposals to pay councillors more. The piece of work, from a government appointed commission called the Councillors Commission, is due to go to the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Hazel Blears, today.
The proposals apparently include more pay, communications allowances, redundancy pay when councillors are voted out and pensions.
The way that councillors allowances have been transformed from recompense of actual expenses incurred to a mini-salary is not very popular with the electorate and many would see it as a mistake. To take this process further forward would compound the error.
The so-called think tank NLGN seems to be a parking place where Labour party hacks are kept on ice until they are needed. For instance, their director, Chris Leslie, went off to run Gordon Brown’s non-campaign in the summer.
The original report was discussed on the Today programme back then and the since disgraced, convicted and disqualified ex-Labour councillor Miranda Grell went on the show to bat for NLGN and their ideas. She was totally blown off the stage by crusty, retiring independent Robin Page, see previous posting.
Self service has replaced public service. … Now I see self-servers and they want the allowances to match the size of their own egos. And they see Council Tax as a hole in the wall and they can just take the money out.
As we see in Parliament as you pay people more money you don’t necessarily get a better quality of MP or councillor. To call them a golden generation is an absolute joke.
Anyway the latest proposals come from a DCLG commission which is again dominated by Labour types. The chairman of the commission is one Jane Roberts, ex Camden Labour councillor and all round quangocrat. She is also a board member of NLGN so all becomes clear.