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,