Councillors say no to extra pay

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COUNCILLORS whose allowances were said to be ‘on the low side’ by an independent panel have rejected awarding themselves an increase.

Allowances for Chesterfield Council members begin at £4,377 per year and the independent panel concluded payments were “on the low side for a council of the size and status of Chesterfield”.

But Coun John Burrows, council leader, said: “We did not wish to see any overall increases in our allowances at a time when our employees will not have received a pay increase for two years.”