£538k claimed by Poole councillors in the last year, new figures reveal

Bournemouth Echo: Revealed: £538k claimed by Poole councillors in the last year - see who claimed what Revealed: £538k claimed by Poole councillors in the last year - see who claimed what

POOLE’S 42 elected councillors received more than £538,000 in allowances during the last financial year, figures reveal.

All councillors received a basic £9,374.04 allowance and then special responsibility allowances were paid to cabinet members, group leaders and those taking the helm on certain committees.

The total claimed by councillors, including travel and subsistence, was £538,063.01.

However, this total rose to £541,856.81 when the allowances of five co-opted standards committee members were taken into account.

Borough of Poole leader Cllr Elaine Atkinson, who received £31,774.08 in allowances between April 2013 and March 2014, said: “Members’ allowances are set by an independent panel made up of representatives across the community.

“The panel was advised that we would not be looking to increase members’ allowances this year to show support for staff at the authority who have faced pay freezes.”

Last week the Daily Echo reported that Bournemouth’s councillors received more than £760,000 in allowances during the same period.

Bournemouth leader Cllr John Beesley claimed £36,566 – almost £5,000 more than councillor Atkinson.

Meanwhile, deputy Borough of Poole leader Cllr Mike White received £23,427.42, slightly more than his Bournemouth counterpart, Nicola Greene, who received £22, 764.

Poole councillor Judy Butt, who found herself at loggerheads with Cllr Atkinson over the traveller site issue – before being sacked from her cabinet position earlier this year – received £19,107.34, of which £9,733.30 was a special responsibility allowance.

“Poole allowances are less than those paid in Bournemouth,” said Cllr Atkinson.

“I believe that in 2003 it was agreed that anyone receiving a special responsibility allowance could receive only one special responsibility allowance no matter how many committees or panels they chaired.

“When I became a councillor over 20 years ago we were paid a small hourly rate to attend meetings.

“Nowadays the workload of every councillor has increased and a number of leading councillors now carry out statutory and legal responsibilities.”

Poole members allowances 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013

  • Adams (P) 17,352.49
  • Atkinson (E) 31,774.08
  • Brooke (M) 12,490.94
  • Brown (D) 13,854.00
  • Burden (L) 9,624.87
  • Butt (J) 19,107.34
  • Carpenter (S) 9,374.04
  • Chandler (G) 7,468.46
  • Clements (B) 13,854.00
  • Clements (J) 9,374.04
  • Cox (S) 9,374.04
  • Dion (X) 20,574.00
  • Eades (P) 18,334.08
  • Evans ( C) 9,374.04
  • Godfrey (R) 9,529.20
  • Goodall (P) 9,544.03
  • Haines (M) 9,374.04
  • Hodges (J) 9,471.82
  • Howell (M) 12,715.44
  • Le Poidevin (EM) 9,374.04
  • Maiden (P) 9,485.46
  • Matthews (C ) 12,117.09
  • Meachin (C ) 4,209.10
  • Moore (S) 14,175.99
  • Parker (R ) 10,071.35
  • Parkinson (C ) 9,374.04
  • Pawlowski (P) 9,569.33
  • Potter (I) 12,405.06
  • Pratt (J) 10,178.25
  • Rampton (J) 13,854.00
  • Rampton (K) 15,783.90
  • Slade (V) 9,374.04
  • Sorton (J) 20,574.00
  • Stribley (A) 9,374.04
  • Trent (A) 14,151.54
  • Walton (J) 20,574.00
  • White (M) 23,427.42
  • Wilkins (M) 9,374.04
  • Wilson (C ) 9,551.22
  • Wilson (G) 9,374.04
  • Wilson (L) 9,619.25
  • Woodcock (A) 9,506.86

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10:12am Wed 9 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

£538k by Poole Council, and £750k by Bournemouth Council. Nearly £1.3 of public money wasted, for what. And yet with pending strikes in both towns, the Councils are threatening, and blackmailing the Public Sector to carry on as they are, or lose jobs if they want more Pay and Pensions and Conditions of work.

Is this fair. Of course not.
£538k by Poole Council, and £750k by Bournemouth Council. Nearly £1.3 of public money wasted, for what. And yet with pending strikes in both towns, the Councils are threatening, and blackmailing the Public Sector to carry on as they are, or lose jobs if they want more Pay and Pensions and Conditions of work. Is this fair. Of course not. TheDistrict
  • Score: 21

10:15am Wed 9 Jul 14

EddieVH says...

Before folks chime in with accusations of councillors being 'on the gravy train etc.', just take a look at the figures involved. There are easier ways to make a few quid than this.

People become local councillors for one of two reasons, either to help community in which they live, or to exert influence over proceedings for their personal gain. Take a look at the list and decide who is who...
Before folks chime in with accusations of councillors being 'on the gravy train etc.', just take a look at the figures involved. There are easier ways to make a few quid than this. People become local councillors for one of two reasons, either to help community in which they live, or to exert influence over proceedings for their personal gain. Take a look at the list and decide who is who... EddieVH
  • Score: -3

12:46pm Wed 9 Jul 14

sea poole says...

Cllr Atkinson - 'some councillors carry out statutory and legal responsibilities...' So too do school governors -and they do it for FREE!
Cllr Atkinson - 'some councillors carry out statutory and legal responsibilities...' So too do school governors -and they do it for FREE! sea poole
  • Score: 16

1:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

sea poole wrote:
Cllr Atkinson - 'some councillors carry out statutory and legal responsibilities...' So too do school governors -and they do it for FREE!
Explains the state of a lot of our schools!
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Cllr Atkinson - 'some councillors carry out statutory and legal responsibilities...' So too do school governors -and they do it for FREE![/p][/quote]Explains the state of a lot of our schools! speedy231278
  • Score: -3

1:23pm Wed 9 Jul 14

bourne free says...

Why do we need so many of them , 42 on that list ?
Why do we need so many of them , 42 on that list ? bourne free
  • Score: 11

1:46pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Old Colonial says...

bourne free wrote:
Why do we need so many of them , 42 on that list ?
Including duplicate surnames. Related by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: Why do we need so many of them , 42 on that list ?[/p][/quote]Including duplicate surnames. Related by any chance? Old Colonial
  • Score: 8

2:01pm Wed 9 Jul 14

sea poole says...

speedy -Glad you appreciate the time, effort and commitment made by governors -in their own time. Guess you're also spirit-minded too!
speedy -Glad you appreciate the time, effort and commitment made by governors -in their own time. Guess you're also spirit-minded too! sea poole
  • Score: 4

2:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Teddy 1 says...

Nice little earner. Sadly in my experience few if any prep for meetings and listen to the needs and wants of the public they represent. How many on 20k are also in full time work I wonder?
Nice little earner. Sadly in my experience few if any prep for meetings and listen to the needs and wants of the public they represent. How many on 20k are also in full time work I wonder? Teddy 1
  • Score: 8

4:12pm Wed 9 Jul 14

cunone says...

A town is like a business and Councillors are the board of directors. If you consider Poole council is the largest employer in the town then our Councillors should be capable of getting jobs in a any of the top plc companies. I bet most wouldn't even get an interview!
I would be content for us to pay Councillors more if they had the abilities sought in private companies.
As it is we have
Schools under achieving
The Twin Sails bridge built without the funding properly in place
Travellers temporary stopping camp cost the town a fortune on a scheme that was under researched and bully boy planning tactics being applied to locals in a manor that if undertaken by a private company would have lead to an outcry by the council
Need I go on
Pay yes, pay well for quality.
If you think your councillor does not represent value for money use your vote, most on local elections don't but still moan
A town is like a business and Councillors are the board of directors. If you consider Poole council is the largest employer in the town then our Councillors should be capable of getting jobs in a any of the top plc companies. I bet most wouldn't even get an interview! I would be content for us to pay Councillors more if they had the abilities sought in private companies. As it is we have Schools under achieving The Twin Sails bridge built without the funding properly in place Travellers temporary stopping camp cost the town a fortune on a scheme that was under researched and bully boy planning tactics being applied to locals in a manor that if undertaken by a private company would have lead to an outcry by the council Need I go on Pay yes, pay well for quality. If you think your councillor does not represent value for money use your vote, most on local elections don't but still moan cunone
  • Score: 4

5:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

UbelievableJeff says...

Apologies for the obvious, but a definition of what "expenses" actually means in the public sector would be helpful - I work in the private sector, if I drive my car to a meeting I can claim back the mileage as an expense. So if I claim £20k expenses in a year its because I've spent £20k doing my day job. There are expenses limits and my boss has to approve any claim I make......is this the same process within our councils?
Apologies for the obvious, but a definition of what "expenses" actually means in the public sector would be helpful - I work in the private sector, if I drive my car to a meeting I can claim back the mileage as an expense. So if I claim £20k expenses in a year its because I've spent £20k doing my day job. There are expenses limits and my boss has to approve any claim I make......is this the same process within our councils? UbelievableJeff
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

skydriver says...

TheDistrict wrote:
£538k by Poole Council, and £750k by Bournemouth Council. Nearly £1.3 of public money wasted, for what. And yet with pending strikes in both towns, the Councils are threatening, and blackmailing the Public Sector to carry on as they are, or lose jobs if they want more Pay and Pensions and Conditions of work.

Is this fair. Of course not.
How right you are, it's as bad in Christchurch , same brand of person , get excessive payments, a previous comment said school governors don't get allowances , in fact volunteers don't get a penny, so why should councillors, after all, many of them are retirees, and get a reasonable pension no doubt.
If they are doing it for the good of the town do it for free.
Em, if they did we may well have a better people doing it and for the right reasons.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: £538k by Poole Council, and £750k by Bournemouth Council. Nearly £1.3 of public money wasted, for what. And yet with pending strikes in both towns, the Councils are threatening, and blackmailing the Public Sector to carry on as they are, or lose jobs if they want more Pay and Pensions and Conditions of work. Is this fair. Of course not.[/p][/quote]How right you are, it's as bad in Christchurch , same brand of person , get excessive payments, a previous comment said school governors don't get allowances , in fact volunteers don't get a penny, so why should councillors, after all, many of them are retirees, and get a reasonable pension no doubt. If they are doing it for the good of the town do it for free. Em, if they did we may well have a better people doing it and for the right reasons. skydriver
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Nice if you can get it.
Nice if you can get it. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

tbpoole says...

TheDistrict wrote:
£538k by Poole Council, and £750k by Bournemouth Council. Nearly £1.3 of public money wasted, for what. And yet with pending strikes in both towns, the Councils are threatening, and blackmailing the Public Sector to carry on as they are, or lose jobs if they want more Pay and Pensions and Conditions of work.

Is this fair. Of course not.
And you would do the job for nothing, I expect?
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: £538k by Poole Council, and £750k by Bournemouth Council. Nearly £1.3 of public money wasted, for what. And yet with pending strikes in both towns, the Councils are threatening, and blackmailing the Public Sector to carry on as they are, or lose jobs if they want more Pay and Pensions and Conditions of work. Is this fair. Of course not.[/p][/quote]And you would do the job for nothing, I expect? tbpoole
  • Score: -1

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