Peterborough councillors' 30% rise recommendation rejected
Rejecting a suggested 30% rise in Peterborough councillors' allowances was "100% the right thing to do", a city council member has said.
The Independent Members' Remuneration Panel had recommended a rise of more than £2,000 to the basic allowance.
Councillors voted instead to freeze it at the current level of £7,195 a year.
Independent John Fox, who had urged members to vote against a rise, said it was the right outcome "in times of austerity".
He said the rise, debated last week, should "never have been considered in the first place".
A council spokesman said the authority was legally obliged to have an independent panel to consider allowances, but it was up to councillors to decide whether to accept or reject recommendations.