Here's a way to save money
1:12pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 in Letters
COUNCILLOR Bright, many thanks for the personal letter sent to my home from yourself explaining why you cannot stop the allowances councillors get paid.
I have two points to raise, however. 1) If you must be paid and are not allowed to refuse, I suggest as the councillor for whatever area you represent, Pill, for instance, you donate your allowances. In this case that would mean around £45,000 going back into the area for good causes such as the community centre.
In Lliswerry this would mean around £60,000, and for my area, Ringland, even more, making a big difference to the area a councillor represents. 2) You say you have tough times ahead with budgets and lack of money.
Please do not send me a council-headed letter with a franking stamp which costs tax payers’ money next time, send me an email, you have my address. If everyone agreed to point one then we would have a massive £850,000 or so before taxation going back into the local communities, not a bad return from our councillors.
Raymond Lord Dunstable Road Newport