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.

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