Worthing councillors’ allowances revealed

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WORTHING borough councillors’ allowance payments for the 2010-2011 civic year totalled £193,619.14 – just over £1,400 more than in the previous comparable 12 months.

Although the £3,897 basic allowance was subject to a “pay freeze” for the second year in succession, the increase was mainly due to two former councillors – Heather and Keith Mercer – resigning during the previous year and not claiming allowances for the final six months.

Top claimant in the latest allowances list was council leader Paul Yallop, with payments totalling £12,389.88.

Second top claimant was Clive Roberts (£8,525.08), cabinet member for clean and green environment.

Joan Bradley, chairman of the development control sub-committee, and chairman of three joint Worthing/Adur committees, was third with £7,777.92.

Fourth was Steve Waight (£7,758.73), cabinet member for resources, and the next highest claimant was Mary Lermitte (7,622.80).

Bryan Turner, deputy council leader and cabinet member for regeneration, followed with £7,223.60, while former planning committee chairman John Livermore received £7,206. Mr Yallop told the Herald this week: “I think our allowances are very low compared with that for other councils in West Sussex, they are a modest amount.”