Letter of the week: Thirty-one per cent rise in Hartlepool councillors' allowances would be 'inappropriate'

Our writer, no stranger to political criticism himself, feels a proposed 31 per cent rise for councillors at Hartlepool Civic Centre would be inappropriate.
Our writer, no stranger to political criticism himself, feels a proposed 31 per cent rise for councillors at Hartlepool Civic Centre would be inappropriate.

I was both shocked and disappointed to learn that Hartlepool Borough Council is considering raising councillor allowances by 31%

Local councillors play a vital role in their community.

But in a time of cuts and council tax rises it would be extremely inappropriate to provide any councillors with a higher allowance.

In January council leaders told us they had “no alternative” to raising council tax because of government cuts and a lack of funding.

I would like to think councillors who supported this tax rise will now be voting against raising allowances.

Residents were told this tax rise would protect vital services, not fund a higher allowance for the councillors.

If it has spare money it should be investing it in frontline services.

Jonathan Arnott MEP,

UKIP North East,

C/o Elwick Road,

Hartlepool.