Should Sheffield councillors be cut to save cash?

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A businessman who attended the public budget meeting asked if the number of councillors could be cut to save cash.

A businessman asked if the number of Sheffield councillors could be cut to save cash in a public budget meeting.

Ken Torres quizzed council chiefs at Monday’s event in Sheffield Town Hall, asking: “Does the payment for councillors come from the budget and if it does do we really need three per ward? Could we manage with two?”

The meeting was held to give people the chance to have their say on where the council should look to save £61 next year.

Council chief executive John Mothersole said: “Sheffield Council historically and now has been parsimonious in what it pays its councillors’ - if you take the council leader, she’s leading one of the biggest cities in the country and she’s paid a fraction of what other council leaders are.

“It’s a relatively small amount of money and councillors have rejected year on year the recommendation of an independent panel that their allowances should go up.”

Mr Mothersole also said that the local boundary commission for England had concluded Sheffield should retain its current level of 84 councillors.

The basic allowance for Sheffield councillors is £11,742 a year.

Leader Coun Julie Dore receives an extra £18,167.