Labour Cllrs pay about 5% (50-60 quid) a month from their basic allowance into the Labour group central fund. That is why the central fund is so big at election time and they can afford full time campaign staff and all the literature.
1. The money is deducted and redistributed at source. Civil servants ( taxpayer paid) are effectively collecting campaign funds for Labour Group. Surely the redistribution of funds is a party political affair and should be undertaken outside the council or the council should be billing Labour group for performing this service for group.
2. Labour group members are compelled to pay part of their allowance to be members of a political grouping., a) is this legal? b) is this ethical, given Lab party cllrs pay their subs?
Just a thought……