Call for cut in councillor numbers
BOLTON councillors will be urged to back moves tonight which could see some of them being axed.
Cllr Roger Hayes, leader of the borough’s Liberal Democrat group, will table a motion at a meeting of full council at Bolton Town Hall this evening calling for a reduction in the number of elected members, and will ask for a report and a review to be produced on the feasibility.
He will also call for a cut in the number of allowances paid to councillors who have “special responsibilities”.
A previous call by Cllr Hayes for a reduction in councillor numbers was rejected by Labour leader Cllr Cliff Morris, who said the number was “appropriate” to the size of the borough.
Bolton Council has axed hundreds of jobs due to government cuts since 2010, with up to another 400 in the firing line, and Cllr Hayes said elected members should share the burden of the borough’s financial woes.
He added: “I think that it will put the cat among the pigeons. When we’re asking everyone else to make sacrifices, we should make sacrifices at the same time.
“I don’t think councillors are lazy or incompetent and most work very hard, but so do most of our council staff and we’re asking them to lose their jobs.”
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