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TILSLEY TURNS DOWN “MONEY FOR NOTHING”

16-06-2009

Birmingham Council’s deputy leader Paul Tilsley has rejected the controversial £15,000 allowance he was granted last week for attending NEC board meetings – a payment first revealed on The Stirrer.

Tilsley wrote to fellow members of the Liberal Democrat group last night to confirm his decision.

He said:

Dear Colleagues,

after a great deal of thought I have decided not to accept the NEC SRA [Special Responsibility Allowance].

My reason for this is that in my book there should have been an Independent Review of the payment, I think that colleagues can confirm that I have not been at the meetings of CBM [Business Management Committee] when this has been discussed.

Paul

Councillors appointed to the NEC board previously carried out the job as part of their civic duties, while members appointed by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce were remunerated.

The local authority's Business Management Committee decided to end this “anomaly”, which was controversial enough; but a layer of confusion was then added by Chief Legal Officer Mirza Ahmed who refused to say how much each of them would be receiving.

Labour councillor Carl Rice suggested the figure was £12,000 per year, but this has since been revised upwards to 15K.

Many backbenchers showed their contempt for the entire process by refusing to vote.

Tilsley’s noble stance will now put pressure on other beneficiaries – Council supremo Mike Whitby, his regeneration chief Neville Summerfield and Labour leader Sir Albert Bore – to refuse their extra bunce too.

After all, given that they were already doing the NEC job, this is literally money for nothing.

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