Revisions to allowances

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CHANGES to councillors’ allowances have been approved.

It was a decided at the latest full meeting of Portsmouth City Council that members who put someone in care when they are on council business – such as children or elderly relatives – will get paid a rate of £6.10 an hour.

The money would cover the cost of how long they’re in care for. This will replace the maximum limit they can claim currently of £1,000 a year.

Plans to give councillors’ an interest-free loan for an annual bus pass were thrown out and voted against by the Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups. Labour saw merit in the bid as it would have helped to take more cars off the road, and believed the revised carers’ allowance would put an extra burden on taxpayers. The proposals were put forward by an independent panel which examines how much councillors should get paid.