Labour want to cut the cost of local politics.
Labour want to cut the cost of local politics.

Walsall Labour has proposed a 20% cut in senior councillor allowances, a proposal that would cut the cost of politics in the borough.

Tory councillors in Walsall recently nodded through a rise to senior councillor allowances, boosting council pay packets at a time of deep cuts to local services in the borough.

The move comes as the Tories are set to slash Walsall’s budget in spring, bringing total cuts in the borough to an eye-watering £190million since 2010.

Cllr Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Labour Group, said:

“In a time of brutal cuts handed down to Walsall from central government we think it’s only right that councillors should share the burden.

“That’s why we’ve proposed a 20% cut to special allowances.

“Instead the Tories have nodded through a pay rise for top councillors.

“It’s what we’ve come to expect from an elitist Tory council that operates to the detriment of staff and the taxpayer.

“Only last year they boosted the Chief Executive’s pay packet by £10,000, while residents of Walsall are suffering the worst cuts in a generation.

“Under Labour Walsall balanced the books, stabilising council finances and preparing our borough for the future.

“Only a vote for Labour councillors in May’s local elections will put Walsall back on the right track.”

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