County councillors in Lincolnshire have come under fire for giving themselves a ‘pay’ rise - at the same time as voting to increase council tax bills and cutting jobs.
Councillors voted to increase their allowances by 2.2%, meaning their basic allowance now stands at more than £10,000 a year.
The increase will mean they receive an extra £222 a year. UKIP councillors at the Conservative-controlled council had called for a one per cent decrease.
Labour councillors abstained from the vote, but the Conservatives used their majority to push the increase through.
Meanwhile, council tax has also been increased by 1.9% - which will mean a rise of £20 a year for an Band D property tax payer.
The increase means the County Council’s share of the annual bill for an average Band D property will rise to £1,085. That figure does not include any other charges from district, town and parish councils - or Lincolnshire Police. It is their first increase for five years.
Coun Marc Jones, Executive Councillor for finance and property, said: “The authority is facing increased costs, particularly for social care, and faces a £56m budget gap and another tough financial settlement from the Government.”
The council voted to cut spending by £30.7m in the next financial year and to shed up to 400 jobs.
One council employee, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s disgusting they are cutting jobs, putting up council tax and giving themselves a rise. A lot of people would love a 2.2 per cent increase in their wage.”