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KENNET councillors are assured a very merry Christmas having given themselves a whacking 52.4 per cent rise in basic allowances.
Opposition groups were astonished when the ruling Tory group proposed raising the basic amount to £4,000 from £2,625, despite the Independent Remuneration Panel recommending a much more modest 2.8 per cent rise.
..Council leader Chris Humphries said the increases had been put forward by the Independent Remuneration Board.
Coun Humphries said a recent national survey had showed he is the poorest paid leader of any local authority in the UK.
Either the Review recommended 2.8% rise or we believe Coun Humphries and believe they recommended a 52.4% rise - which is it? Councillor Humphries complains he is the poorest paid leader in the country - following my little spat with Kennet Council and judging by his bizarre, illogical and petulant letter to me I would guess he is seriously overpaid for his abilities.