Councillors vote for allowance rise and chief executive contract extension

Boston borough councillors voted for a rise in the amount of allowance that cabinet members and leaders can claim on Monday - despite strong criticism from opposition.

The councillors have voted for a 20 per cent hike in the amount of money they can claim for special responsibilites.

Criticisms came from councillors including Paul Kenny and Richard Leggott, while Conservatives Peter Bedford and Mike Gilbert defended the decision.

The councillors also voted to extend chief executive Richard Harbord’s £675 a day contract until 2015, citing his dedication to the council.

For a full report see this week’s Boston Standard, out tomorrow (Wednesday).