Wil Ewart puts forward this money saving scheme, two birds with one Stone, perhaps?
“The 2011 Census identified the population of Rotherham as 257,600 and to represent us there are 63 councillors. Doncaster has 288,854 people (31,254 or 12% more) and had the same number of Councillors.
Donny Council has just voted to reduce the number by 9, to 54. And have calculated that this will save them £250,000 every year.
Were Rotherham to have the same ratio of Councillors to head of population (5400 to 1 Cllr) we would then have only 48 Councillors.
The system I’ve used to calculate the savings is based on Doncaster’s where the average cost to the public purse is approx. £27000. If this seems like a lot remember their extras and the costs of administration.
So if we replicated Doncaster we’d have 15 fewer Councillors. At £27000 per Councillor this would be a saving of £405,000.
As I write this I note that the figures may not align with the Council’s own estimate of the costs of Councillor, yet somehow I trust the Doncaster number more. I can’t think why.
With £405,000 extra we could afford an independent enquiry into why our council and police were so awful in tackling Child Sex Grooming and still have fair amount of cash left to improve services.”