Councillors pensions to be axed!

The Daily Mail brings us news of another ‘scam’ being brought to an end:

End of the pensions ‘gravy train’ for councillors: Axing officials’ perk to save taxpayers £7million a year 

  • More than 4,500 qualify for guaranteed pensions based on their allowances
  • Policy was the ‘bad news’ a Labour spin doctor wanted to ‘bury’ after 9/11
  • Ministers claim allowances have become a form of salary – with state-funded pensions a lucrative new perk
  • The town hall pensions are now being abolished – saving £7m a year

 

By James Chapman

 

Read on….

 

3 thoughts on “Councillors pensions to be axed!

  1. Existing Councillors will be terminated from the gravy-train scheme as soon as their existing four-year term of office ends. Good news if only in that this will mean part of Asbo’s long list of claims and allowances will diminish in May!

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  2. Wanting to be a councillor was regarded as a noble gesture, someone who wanted to serve their community without reward. Claiming £1000’s for doing they job they were elected to do plus lucrative ‘extras’ for being a member of one or more committees should stop. Let councillors claim legitimate travel expenses provided they can supply a valid receipt. I think the going rate is 40p/mile, this is more than enough
    Furthermore why not cut Chief Executives salaries by 50% as well? Peter Davis-English Democrat Mayor of Doncaster-cut his salary by 50% and scrapped the mayoral cars.
    If councillors want a decent pension to top up the state pension make them contribute to a private pension fund as most of us have/had to. IIRC 25%(?) of council taxes in Rotherham go to the councillors pension fund.
    Time for change.

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