Sheffield councillors to freeze allowance payments

Council leader Julie Dore
Council leader Julie Dore
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Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore has announced that councillors’ allowances will be frozen for a third year in a row - and that a recommendation for a substantial increase will be rejected.

The news comes as latest figures for allowances in 2012-13 showed a fall compared with 2011-12, due to reduced claims for travel and meals.

Allowances claimed by the 84 city councillors in 2011-12 totalled just over £1.34 million - £111,000 per month. But for the first 11 months of 2012-13 the total was £1.06m - averaging £88,131 per month.

Basic councillors’ allowances will remain at £11,742.45, while the leader’s extra allowance stays at £18,167.68 and cabinet members continue to receive £9,083.86 extra. An independent panel had recommended rises of 40 per cent.

But Coun Dore said: “When we are making reductions in frontline services and freezing staff increments, it is important we freeze councillor allowances.”