Letter: Allowance claims by councillors

One of my objectives, should I get elected, will be to sour the trough that councillors have their noses in.
One of my objectives, should I get elected, will be to sour the trough that councillors have their noses in.

I write in response to Cllr Broadbent’s letter published in The Scarborough News (March 9), regarding the increase in North Yorkshire County Council councillor allowances.

In Cllr Broadbent’s letter, he called out the North Yorkshire Tories for increasing their councillor allowance by 2.5% per annum.

I note that another councillor says he won’t be taking the rise and will be donating it to the Little Foot Trust children’s charity.

So I delved into North Yorkshire County Council’s website to take a look at the allowances Labour councillor Eric Broadbent was in receipt of.

Imagine my surprise when it was revealed that Cllr Broadbent, whilst in receipt of £255 per annum from Scarborough Borough Council for broadband, was also in receipt of around £500 per annum from North Yorkshire County Council for, you guessed it, broadband.

I’ll be running for election to North Yorkshire County Council on May 4.

One of my objectives, should I get elected, will be to sour the trough that councillors have their noses in.

Tim Thorne

Prospective UKIP candidate

Candler Street

Scarborough