Reduce Allowances Of North East Lincs Elected Members & Make The Mayoral Roles Unpaid.
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We The undersigned present this petition to North East Lincolnshire Council to ask that all elected members of North East Lincolnshire Council Reduce all of their Councillor Allowances & Reduce the amount of all Special Responsibility Allowances, that is paid to all elected members by 2020 in line with all other public sector staff.
We also ask that the council and elected members consider making the Mayor(ess) & Deputy Mayor(ess) positions within the council Unpaid with immediate effect.
It should be an Honour to represent the county of North East Lincolnshire As A Mayor(ess) & Deputy Mayor(ess) rather than having a financial value that comes with it each year known as A Special Responsibility Allowance.
We would also ask that any allowable expense claims should be made with receipts or other proof of payment for each expense claimed and that any claims for travel expenses to attend any council meetings or any other council business should not be claimed, After all any working person does not get paid to travel between Home & Work
We would like to see a Maximum Amount of Allowable Expenses that can be claimed per councillor per financial year for all reasonable expenses which should exclude travel to/from home and place of official council business and that all proof/receipts should be presented with the claim form.
We ask for these measures to be taken in the Name of Austerity as we are losing frontline council services including Reduced Waste & Recycling Collections, Reduced Library Opening Times (which is currently under consultation) etc.
Our Parks are not being correctly maintained, Litter Bins in Grimsby Town Centre & On A lot of Residential areas are not being emptied enough thus being allowed to over flow causing litter on the streets.
Grass verges & recreational grounds with green areas are not being cut down.
Our roads and pavements are not being maintained to any form of standard with many of the roads having pot holes and pavements being cracked, moving slabs, black scars of tarmac through them which is spoiling our roads and streets even more.
You Have Given The Go Ahead for suitable sites including full Surveys, Site Plans,planning permission etc to take place in order to find one or more sites suitable for travellers as a stop over point within North East Lincolnshire which has been in the press stating that a minimum budget of £20K has been set aside for the council to fulfill its legal duty and provide such a site/s but this amount could rise if more than one suitable site is found, We are by no means against the travellers having a suitable site which we believe the council has a legal duty to provide, however these sites will need to be funded somehow.
Money has been spent on installing “intelligent” Traffic Lights at the toll bar roundabout including having the roundabout removed which has cost the public purse.
Meanwhile The council has said it can not afford to come in line with the other 75% of councils that offer mixed recycling collections with the use of a wheelie bin for recycling as it would cost the council much more and any savings would be lost.
Meanwhile over the past 14 years there has been several increases in Elected Members Allowances & Special responsibility allowances for serving their community as a councillor and sitting on one or more committees/panels, Although we do realise that elected members on more than one comittee/panel are only paid one SRA.
We also note that the basic allowance and SRA’s have been frozen in some years over the past 14 years and has risen in other years during the past 14 years.
However the Total Gross Pay between all 45 elected members has risen by 32582.86 in the 2013/14 Tax Year Compared to that Of the 2003/04 Tax Year which are the most upto date figures that can be accessed as some files will not download or open for viewing from the NELC Website.
The above changes would see some additional savings in addition to those of the reduced waste and recycling collections and the potential reduced library opening hours, which could then be fed back into frontline services that are desperately needed by the residents of North East Lincolnshire but are being reduced heavily.
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