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Council continues allowances freeze; NEWS IN BRIEF.

Caerphilly council has voted to freeze the allowances paid to its 73 members for a THIRD year running.

Since taking control of the council in 2008, the Plaid Cymru group has declined increases proposed by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales for extra pay.

For 2011-12 the panel agreed that the maximum basic allowance should not be increased and should remain at pounds 13,868 a year. But Caerphilly will continue to pay a basic responsibility allowance of pounds 13,030, the 2008-09 rate.

The recommended leader's allowance this year is pounds 38,139 but new leader Allan Pritchard has decided to stick with the 2008 level of pounds 34,597.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2011
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