At Tuesday’s County Council meeting, Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats will strongly oppose the Conservative move to cut staff pay and will highlight the hypocrisy of the Conservatives’ posturing.
The Lib Dems intend to propose that the council bring forward proposals to reverse the 30% pay rise for councillors that the Conservatives voted through last year and instead adopt the Independent Panel recommendations.
“The Conservatives are using emergency measures to cut staff pay but at the same time they want to keep the huge 30% pay rise for themselves that they backed last year,” said Cllr Lorna Dupré, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group.
“We cannot accept that the staff should be made to suffer because of Conservative greed.”
Going back to the Independent Panel’s proposals would save more than £100,000 a year but, in a cynical move, the Conservatives have proposed to give back just 1.2%of the allowances, raising just £11,000 even if all 61 councillors were to agree to do so.
“It is extraordinary hypocrisy from the Conservatives. They think they can take people for fools,” said Lorna.
If the staff pay cut gets the Conservative go-ahead, the Liberal Democrat group intend to donate some of their allowances to a staff hardship fund.
- Nine of the 36 Conservative County Councillors receive more than £25,000 a year in taxpayer-funded allowances.
- The Liberal Democrat group has already saved the council £5,000 a year by refusing to nominate a Liberal Democrat councillor from South Cambridgeshire to receive the allowance for the pointless ‘Area Champion’ role.