Breckland councillors' allowances frozen

Ian Clarke Breckland councillors have frozen their allowances for the coming year.

Ian Clarke

Breckland councillors have frozen their allowances for the coming year.

Members have accepted a recommendation from an independent panel and kept their basic allowance at �5,200.

Special responsibility allowances - paid for roles such as leader and chairmen of committees - will also remain the same for 2010.

Leader William Nunn gets �20,800 for his position, while other cabinet members get �11,050.

Breckland had previously had a system of linking allowances increases to inflation and members agreed that could be looked at again in the future.

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They decided that due to the “economic situation being volatile” meant that there should be no increase for the next year.

One change in the allowances is that the amount paid for child care and carers will rise from �5.75 per hour (up to a maximum of �25 per session) to �7 per hour (up to �30 maximum).