Essex County Council cabinet agrees 3% allowances cut
Senior members of Essex County Council have agreed an "immediate" 3% cut in their allowances.
The voluntary move will only affect the authority's decision-making body, the cabinet.
The council's new leader David Finch said the allowance cut was a "contribution" to the £215m savings the council needed to make by 2016/17.
In his case, the drop will mean his £53,000 allowance will drop by £1,590.
Overall, the reduction will see £11,283 taken off the cabinet's annual £376,105 special responsibility allowance bill.
Mr Finch said: "The next four years will require difficult decisions."