Cross asks council: ‘Give us less money’

County Hall, the cenre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton.
County Hall, the cenre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton.

A Filey county councillor has called for a radical revamp of the authority’s allowance scheme, including the scrapping of a number of taxpayer-funded handouts.

UKIP councillor Sam Cross has penned a letter to North Yorkshire County Council’s independent remuneration panel, which is meeting next Thursday to set the amount it pays in allowances and expenses to the 72 elected members.

In the letter, Cllr Cross is urging the panel to implement a series of changes such as capping councillors’ basic allowances to £1,000.

Cllr Cross also wants to see certain special allowances scrapped, as well as freezing the petrol allowance at 40p per mile.

North Yorkshire County Council is being forced to make millions of pounds worth of savings over the next few years, and Cllr Cross said: “Over the next few years the authority will have to save tens of millions of pounds, resulting in jobs being lost and services cut to the bone.

“As county councillors we need to be setting an example and look at how we can help the county council balance its books.

“A good place to start is by reducing the amount of money members cost.”

The panel will report its findings from next week’s meeting at a council meeting in February, and Cllr Cross added: “I hope the panel considers the recommendations carefully and acts accordingly.”