COUNCILLORS in Barking and Dagenham have voted to agree to a freeze on their allowances for the fourth year running.
The freeze for the year 2012/13 means councillors basic and special responsibility allowances (SRAs) have remained the same.
Councillors voted in favour of the recommendation to again freeze their allowances at an Assembly meeting on Wednesday, 16 May.
Last year as a result of a consultation between the Council Leader and members of the Independent Remuneration Panel, it was agreed that it would not be necessary for the panel to meet until the financial situation in the country improved. As such there was in theory an agreement not to increase allowances.
Council Leader, Councillor Liam Smith said: “In response to the difficult economic circumstances in the country coupled with the pressures on our finances, we have continued with the freeze – for the fourth successive year.
“When our residents are facing difficult times and our employees have also had their wages frozen for some years, it is right that Members lead by example.
“I would like to thank Members of the Council for doing the right thing at such a difficult time. Rest assured, the council remains committed to doing its very best for the people of the borough.”