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Council cuts - 'Everything is now up for discussion'
COUNCILLORS leading the spending priorities consultation say no options have been taken off the table – including looking again at members’ allowances.
Earlier this year, councillors controversially voted to freeze their allowances, ignoring recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to cut them, which could have saved £48,000 a year.
Independent Community and Health Concern councillor Liz Davies said the issue could be discussed again if it was brought up by members of the public during the consultation.
She said: “If it comes back as something we should look at, it gives us a very, very strong reason to bring this back to council and say ‘yes, a decision was made but we are constitutionally able to re-look at this and we should look at it’. We are all aware we have got to make tough decisions that affect us all, including councillors.”
Borrowing £10 million to build a new leisure centre in Kidderminster could also be discussed again but council leaders have said it would save money over keeping and maintaining the authority’s three current sport facilities.
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