Martin mounts pay rise petition

Worcester News: 1114541301. 11/03/14. Left to right - Malvern Town Councillor Martin Lawrence with supporters Ron Jones and Sue Jones who have signed his petition against district council leaders' allowances. Picture by Nick Toogood. (4531247) 1114541301. 11/03/14. Left to right - Malvern Town Councillor Martin Lawrence with supporters Ron Jones and Sue Jones who have signed his petition against district council leaders' allowances. Picture by Nick Toogood. (4531247)

A MALVERN town councillor has launched a petition in protest at senior Malvern Hills district councillors awarding themselves big pay rises.

Cllr Martin Lawrence is appealing for both signatures and volunteers to help his 'Pig Count Petition' reach his initial target of 750 names.

The petition calls on district council members to rethink the rise in allowances, or declare that if the decision is not reversed, to donate their increases to charity.

He said: "The district council policy is that if a petition reaches 750 names, the issue it raises has to be debated by the full council. That's what I hope to achieve.

"I want to hear from anyone who feels the same way who will sign the petition, and, more importantly, form anyone who can spare an hour of their time to collect signatures."

Even when he hits the magic figure, he hopes to keep the petition open until the district council elections in May 2015, although he has already ruled out standing as a candidate.

He said: "I chose not to do so in May 2013 when Chase Ward became vacant. Town and district councillors allegedly consult and represent residents, but only the latter get paid. In addition, they alone are able to vote to accept massive allowance rises."

District council leader David Hughes said: "This decision was reached in a proper open and democratic manner. Cllr Lawrence is entitled to his point of view. You will always get people who disagree with decisions."

Cllr Lawrence can be reached at martinlawrence4chase@gmail.com.

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3:11pm Thu 13 Mar 14

SgtAl says...

Compensatory allowances should be just that, compensation for actual expenses incurred during the course of related business. These should not be flat rates that can be claimed "because I'm entitled to it"; this, in my eyes, is akin to benefit fraud.

The Armed Forces stopped this practice a number of years back, we were hoping this was the case throughout the public sector. It is now common for a young soldier/sailor/airma
n to be out of pocket when away from a barracks environment in the course of his/her duties in the UK.

It is not mentioned in the story, however I am assuming these allowances are based on actual expenditure; receipts will be required and the expense will be scrutinised before payment. No-one should be out-of-pocket for doing a job. Except squaddies obviously.
Compensatory allowances should be just that, compensation for actual expenses incurred during the course of related business. These should not be flat rates that can be claimed "because I'm entitled to it"; this, in my eyes, is akin to benefit fraud. The Armed Forces stopped this practice a number of years back, we were hoping this was the case throughout the public sector. It is now common for a young soldier/sailor/airma n to be out of pocket when away from a barracks environment in the course of his/her duties in the UK. It is not mentioned in the story, however I am assuming these allowances are based on actual expenditure; receipts will be required and the expense will be scrutinised before payment. No-one should be out-of-pocket for doing a job. Except squaddies obviously. SgtAl
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3:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

zymurgiac says...

Good points SgtAl.
Has anyone got the facts (not fantasy facts) about the time spent by councillors in doing their job and what skillls and expertise is needed - not just the time spent in official meetings?
Good points SgtAl. Has anyone got the facts (not fantasy facts) about the time spent by councillors in doing their job and what skillls and expertise is needed - not just the time spent in official meetings? zymurgiac
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3:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

denon says...

Is mr Lawrence saying there should be no allowances or no increas.
I hear Town Councillors get free parking what o
Is mr Lawrence saying there should be no allowances or no increas. I hear Town Councillors get free parking what o denon
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