I am please to annouce that at yesterday’s Full Meeting of the County Council that the entire Labour Group agreed to not take the automatic 1% rise in allowances which occurs as result of a rise for all public sector workers, Derbyshire CC staff amongst them.
Furthermore we announced that this saving to the Authority – which roughly equates to about £7,500 – would go into a newly created Derbyshire Challenge Fund which will be used as seed-corn money to finance new and innovating ways of working particularly in partnership with other organisation such as the NHS in these financially challenging times. In addition to these immediate savings, the Fund is to be kick started with £2million from smarter purchasing, a £35,000 saving on the civic cars and £45,000 from our Chair/Vice-Chair not attending the civil council junkets.
What remains to be seen is whether the other Political Groups follow our suit?
They couldn’t be drawn on it yesterday.