REDDITCH Borough Councillors have once again declined to take up a recommended increase in their allowances.
An independent remuneration panel had recommended the basic allowance for councillors be increased to £4,350 – their current basic allowance is £3,350.
However at the full council meeting at the Town Hall on Monday both Labour and Conservative members voted against taking up the increase.
It means that in terms of cost Redditch residents will continue to receive the best value from their representatives in Worcestershire.
Figures for the year 2016/17 show that on average, taking into account basic allowance and special responsibility allowances, Redditch’s councillors cost £1.58 per head of population.
By comparison in neighbouring Bromsgrove councillors cost £2 per head of population and Malvern Hills a whopping £2.98 per head of population.