Revealed: latest councillors’ allowances for Christchurch

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CHRISTCHURCH’S 24 councillors received more than £153,400 in allowances in the last financial year.

Latest figures reveal how much each councillor has received over the council year 2013/14.

Members of the borough council receive a basic allowance of £4,071 with special responsibility allowances paid to portfolio holders, committee chairs, the leader and Mayor.

Councillors voted to increase their allowances in 2012, a move which was slammed by the Taxpayers Alliance.

The rise amounted to an 8.1 per cent increase, raising the annual allowances spend from £131,861 to £154,000.

But leader of Christchurch council, Cllr Ray Nottage, said at the time the council had been advised to raise their allowances by an independent body.

Responding to this year’s allowances, he said: “Members allowances have been frozen for the past two years and some special responsibility payments were cut two years ago.

“These are challenging times for the council and our members are being asked to oversee a huge change in the way it is governed against a background of cuts in grants from central government.

“The allowances recognise the value our members are bringing to the operation of the council while being mindful of showing budget restraint.”

Cllr Nottage, who faced a leadership challenge earlier this year, drew the largest amount at £15,664.

He is permitted to claim a basic allowance plus a special responsibility allowance for being leader of the council.

He also received £1,412.55 for travel expenses.

Many councillors received travel expenses, with the final total tallying £3,549.

A spokesperson for the council said some councillors’ travel expenses will be higher than others as members are encouraged to car share, meaning some drive more frequently than others.

Five Christchurch councillors – Margaret Phipps, Lesley Dedman, Peter Hall, David Jones and Colin Jamieson – are also Dorset County councillors and will also claim allowances from that authority as well.

At Christchurch council, no member is entitled to more than one special responsibility allowance.

Deputy leader Colin Jamieson, who is also chairman of planning control committee, received £8,182, while leader of the two-man opposition, independent councillor Colin Bungey, received £4,815.

The Mayor of Christchurch during the year 2013/14, Cllr John Lofts, received £7,865.

Christchurch council: Who received what...

  • Cllr Claire Bath £7,774
  • Cllr Colin Bungey £4,815
  • Cllr Bernie Davis £8,800
  • Cllr Lesley Dedman £4,071
  • Cllr Sally D-Wilkes £8,143
  • Cllr Mike Duckworth £8,610
  • Cllr David Flagg £6,108
  • Cllr Tavis Fox £4,071
  • Cllr Gillian Geary £4,071
  • Cllr Nick Geary £7,125
  • Cllr Peter Hall £4,648
  • Cllr Paul Hilliard £4,071
  • Cllr Colin Jamieson £8,182
  • Cllr Trish Jamieson £4,071
  • Cllr David Jones £4,280
  • Cllr Denise Jones £4,071
  • Cllr John Lofts (Mayor) £7,865
  • Cllr Myra Mawbey £4,329
  • Cllr Fred Neale £4,071
  • Cllr Ray Nottage £15,664
  • Cllr Margaret Phipps £8,360
  • Cllr Lisle Smith £4,071
  • Cllr Sue Spittle £8,336
  • Cllr Trevor Watts £7,819

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9:02am Mon 7 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Why should Nottage get more than anyone else , or is it because he gets more than one vote in the chamber, clearly not good value for money.
Furthermore many people do voluntary work without any payment whatsoever, so why do these retired, people, get anything at all.
I do a spot of voluntary work , locally, I don't get a penny, not that I want it, so why should they.
Last year we saw the information office in Christchurch loose it's paid staff, to save money, yet we see the people who got rid of these staff giving them selves more money, what a joke ,. LETS ALL LOOK AFTER NUMBER !!!!!?,
Why should Nottage get more than anyone else , or is it because he gets more than one vote in the chamber, clearly not good value for money. Furthermore many people do voluntary work without any payment whatsoever, so why do these retired, people, get anything at all. I do a spot of voluntary work , locally, I don't get a penny, not that I want it, so why should they. Last year we saw the information office in Christchurch loose it's paid staff, to save money, yet we see the people who got rid of these staff giving them selves more money, what a joke ,. LETS ALL LOOK AFTER NUMBER !!!!!?, skydriver
  • Score: 19

10:45am Mon 7 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

But leader of Christchurch council, Cllr Ray Nottage, said at the time the council had been advised to raise their allowances by an independent body. .
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Doesn't mean you have to take it though does it, there are many time the council has been advised to do something and then rejected that advice, but then of course that advise would probably mean spending money instead of raking it in.
But leader of Christchurch council, Cllr Ray Nottage, said at the time the council had been advised to raise their allowances by an independent body. . . Doesn't mean you have to take it though does it, there are many time the council has been advised to do something and then rejected that advice, but then of course that advise would probably mean spending money instead of raking it in. Hessenford
  • Score: 16

10:48am Mon 7 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Responding to this year’s allowances, Ray Nottage said: “Members allowances have been frozen for the past two years and some special responsibility payments were cut two years ago. .
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Much the same as the rest of the UK then, no pay rises for a few years and in most cases an income drop, but we are all in this together.
Responding to this year’s allowances, Ray Nottage said: “Members allowances have been frozen for the past two years and some special responsibility payments were cut two years ago. . . Much the same as the rest of the UK then, no pay rises for a few years and in most cases an income drop, but we are all in this together. Hessenford
  • Score: 16

12:19pm Mon 7 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Hessenford wrote:
Responding to this year’s allowances, Ray Nottage said: “Members allowances have been frozen for the past two years and some special responsibility payments were cut two years ago. .
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Much the same as the rest of the UK then, no pay rises for a few years and in most cases an income drop, but we are all in this together.
I agree with you totally, as you know its one rule for them and one for the rest,
I bet the workers within the council didn't get this sort of rise in their salary. And they most more than possibly supporting a family , at working age, rather than most of the councillors in retirement and these allowances are just a top up.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Responding to this year’s allowances, Ray Nottage said: “Members allowances have been frozen for the past two years and some special responsibility payments were cut two years ago. . . Much the same as the rest of the UK then, no pay rises for a few years and in most cases an income drop, but we are all in this together.[/p][/quote]I agree with you totally, as you know its one rule for them and one for the rest, I bet the workers within the council didn't get this sort of rise in their salary. And they most more than possibly supporting a family , at working age, rather than most of the councillors in retirement and these allowances are just a top up. skydriver
  • Score: 13

1:34pm Mon 7 Jul 14

coster says...

All residents of Christchurch are only too aware of the service they receive from their 'representatives'. It seems not too long ago when such payments were unknown. Payment certainly has not improved the quality.
All residents of Christchurch are only too aware of the service they receive from their 'representatives'. It seems not too long ago when such payments were unknown. Payment certainly has not improved the quality. coster
  • Score: 12
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