Over 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for leading Surrey County councillors to return the massive allowances they recently awarded themselves.
The entire Independent Remuneration Panel resigned after the Conservative majority group on Surrey County Council ignored its recommendations and forced through huge rises for its appointment holders.
In one case the Deputy Leader’s special allowance increased by 60%, meaning annual earnings of £44,000 in allowances.
The petition against the hikes was started by Labour’s Richard Wilson and has been signed by 1,035 people so far.
Richard Wilson, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Guildford, said: “Like many people, I felt enraged by the blatant abuse of power by councillors who voted themselves huge pay rises.
“This petition is an ideal method for angry tax payers to express how they feel. I am not trying to make political capital from this petition, in fact I have written to all the councillors who opposed the pay hike to invite them to sign the petition.
“Surrey County Council recently voted against paying all its employees a Living Wage but now those very workers will be paying increased Council Tax to finance these unacceptable increases.”
Anyone can sign the petition but please be aware your name won’t be added if you don’t click on the autoreply email that you receive afterwards – if this does not arrive, please check your spam folder as they sometimes get filed in there.
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1: The petition can be found here: