LAMBETH TO SPEND £30,000 PLUS ON EXTRA DOSH FOR COUNCILLORS (but they’ve no money for libraries)
Lambeth council have agreed to spend £12,500 this year on paying five councillors extra as Neighbourhood Leads.
At the council’s annual meeting Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs asked: “What do ‘Neighbourhood Leads’ do that their salary as councillors doesn’t already cover? “This is just paying people off, patronage at its worst, using taxpayers money.
“And all this at a time when we are told that the council has no money. “No money Madam Mayor.
“My personal feelings for the former Mayor are very warm, but whose decision was it to pay Cllr Donatus Anyanwu who as I say personally I have a lot of time for, to get £4,000 on top of his salary to be ‘lead member for community relations’?
“Why do councillors have to be paid extra taxpayers money to be involved with their communities?
“Identifying things that councillors should be doing anyway and then paying them it as a ‘special allowance’ gives the wrong message to our residents.
“Why are three councillors given £5,452 each on top of their councillors salaries as ‘special project leads’? “What are these special projects? “Why do these unnamed projects need project leads, to be paid with taxpayers money on top of their councillor’s salaries?
“In fact, how can you calculate a salary unless you know what these councillors are being paid to do?”
The annual meeting was held at Elm Green School, Elmcourt Rd, London SE27