To the OUTRAGE of nurses, police, and firefighters everywhere, the Tory Kent County Council have voted to give themselves a WHOPPING 15% PAY RISE. The 15% pay rise comes after the Council Leader Tory Paul Carter complained about the lack of a pay increase in 8 years. The pay increase will translate to an extra £1,920 a year in their pockets. Not bad for some.
“Why should we have to tolerate a freeze? It has not reflected the cost of living increase everyone else has had.”
Paul Carter would be well to remember it was his own party that have implemented the public sector pay cap, to enforce austerity on hard-working families.
The site ‘KentLive.News‘ recorded details of the exchanges made between Tory councillors, and the Labour councillors who voted against the motion.
’16:34 Paul Cooper on why the increase makes sense
The Conservative councillor for Maidstone South said: “I think there has already been a lot of emphasis on the amount of remuneration we already receive.
“In terms of an increase this is somewhat regardless as we have been receiving this for eight years, there has been no increase for eight years.
“In fact eight years ago members of this authority took what in my view is an incredible good and well-regarded decision to take a decrease in what people are paid.
“Over that time staff members in this authority have received on average a 15 per cent increase, we should therefore have the same.’