£300 for councillors

PUBLISHED: 14:45 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 06 May 2010

AFTER years of failing to claim expense allowances, Harpenden Town councillors have finally voted to take £300 each per year. The decision was unanimously approved at a meeting on Monday evening. Speaking after the meeting, Cllr John Chambers, who is als

AFTER years of failing to claim expense allowances, Harpenden Town councillors have finally voted to take £300 each per year.

The decision was unanimously approved at a meeting on Monday evening.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr John Chambers, who is also a district councillor, said: "To be honest, it probably won't even cover the cost of all our phone calls, computer cartridges and bits and pieces.

"But I suppose it might help any would-be councillors who might want to come forward but are put off by the costs involved."

He said that St Albans District Councillors were able to claim about £5,500 each in expenses and more if they took on extra responsibilities.

The Harpenden Town councillors had considered taking £500 each per year but the proposal was defeated.

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