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Councillors Pay Rise Scrapped

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5:33pm 12th February 2013
(Updated 5:33pm 12th February 2013)

Cornish councillors will not push ahead with a twenty percent pay rise.

Officials have voted in favour of a motion overturning the increase they awarded themselves last year, by 47 votes to 34, with seven councillors abstaining.

The decision comes amid plans to put up Cornwall's council tax by nearly two percent and cut some benefits.

97 percent of people who voted in a Pirate FM poll were against it.

Councillors originally voted to increase their allowances from just over £12,000 to £14,600 in October.

Johnathan Isaby, from the Taxpayers Alliance, has backed the decision not to increase allowances.

He said: "At the moment, they're paid just over twelve thousand pounds, which is already above average for a unitary authority in England. The idea that they should be increasing it yet further, I think most people in Cornwall will be appalled by.

"That is absolutely the right thing to do. It will just be a shame that taxpayers time and money has been spent going through the motions for the last four months doing this. Frankly, they should be looking for ways of saving money and get better value out of the council."

5:33pm 12th February 2013

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