Allowances for members of Uckfield Town Council are to increase.
The full council, meeting last Monday (January 15), agreed to accept the recommendations of the Parish Remuneration Panel for Wealden District.
The basic allowance for members will rise in the next financial year, which begins in April, by £25, to £1,261 from £1,236.
The chairman’s allowance goes up by £35 to £1,741 from £1,706.
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, Uckfield North, argued it was important for the allowances to keep pace with the recommendations from the independent panel because a freeze would lead to greater increases in a few years.
He said: “If you don’t jog along each year with a modest increase, you come to a point after four or five years when you have to have a big increase to make up for what you have lost in the past.
“Then you are looking at a 10 to 12 per cent increase.”
His proposal to accept the increase was seconded by Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood.
He said people might feel awkward about the rise but said what people did with the £25 extra was up to them.
When it came to the vote, four councillors voted in favour, with none against. The others present at the meeting abstained.
Note: Not all town councillors claim the allowance.
The amounts paid to town councillors in 2016/17 are published on the town council website in a pdf document. Follow this link and scroll down to find the heading Town Councillors. The figures for allowances is the fifth item in this section.