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Councillors to pay to park.

FREE parking for councillors in Redcar and Cleveland is to be scrapped in authority-run car parks.

Members currently have a free parking permit to use in council car parks in the borough.

But the council has now accepted a recommendation from its independent remuneration panel to abolish the free parking permits.

The authority has also agreed the basic allowance for councillors should remain at PS9,550 and that special responsibility allowances should not be increased.

They include PS12,890 for the council leader, PS11,280 for the deputy leader PS9,680 for Cabinet members, PS8,070 for the leader of the main opposition group, PS4,840 for the secondary opposition group leader and PS4,840 for the chairmen of the planning and licensing committees.

The council rejected a recommendation from the independent remuneration panel that the PS1,610 allowance for vice chairmen of committees should be scrapped.

It has, however, agreed the council will no longer provide broadband connections for councillors. Instead councillors will have to arrange for their own broadband connections and the council will contribute PS15 a month.

In its report to the council the independent remuneration panel said: "Attendance at meetings and the parking costs in the borough associated with such attendance should perhaps be said to be covered within the payment of the basic allowance." Councillor Philip Thomson unsuccessfully moved for an increase in the special responsibility allowance for the chairman of the Audit Committee.

But Councillor Norman Pickthall, Cabinet member for corporate resources, said it was an issue the council could ask the independent remuneration panel to consider in the coming year.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2013
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