Mendip councillors decide against allowance increase

Councillors at Mendip District Council have decided not to increase their allowances despite a recommendation from an independent panel.

The Independent Remuneration Panel proposed a £600 increase to the councillors' £3,605 yearly expenses.

Councillors at the Conservative-led council also agreed not to increase the leader's Special Responsibility Allowance from £10,000 to £12,000.

A 14% cut in government funding means the council must save a total of £2m.

The council employs just under 200 staff and has a budget of £16m.

It announced last week that 23 jobs would go after it set its budget for the next financial year.

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