Recommendation for Worthing council leader’s allowances lower than expected

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THE leader of the borough council will only see his allowance increase by just over £2,000 despite recommendations to increase it by 60 per cent.

Last week the Herald reported that leader of the council Paul Yallop could potentially see his allowances rocket to £18,000 if councillors agreed with a report put together by the joint independent remuneration panel.

On Thursday, at a meeting of the joint governance and audit committee, it was recommended that councillors will only be able to claim one special responsibility allowance (SRA), meaning Mr Yallop would not receive more than £13,500.

The meeting, held at the Adur Civic Centre, in Ham Road, Shoreham, also recommended that all policy advisers and members of the planning committee lose their SRA, and the basic allowance for councillors is increased from £3,897 to £4,500. The final decision will be made at a meeting of the full council.

For the full story, and reactions, see the next edition of the Herald (Thursday, June 21).