COUNCIL chiefs have refused a call to freeze a rise in their allowances at this week’s full meeting of Stafford Borough Council.
Councillor Tom Harris proposed an amendment to the motion saying it would be “immoral and wrong to raise allowances at this time”.
The amendment was seconded by Councillor Robert Stephens and backed by councillors Barry Stamp and Chris Baron, with Councillor Baron pledging to donate any increase to her to charity.
The amendment was defeated with only four councillors voting for it and the original motion, for a three per cent increase for the next year, carried.
It will mean the basic allowance will go up to £3,739.36 from £3,630.45.
Councillor Harris later told the Newsletter that he would ask constituents to nominate charities to receive his rise.