Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Just what are Cornwall Cabinet Members doing for their £16k?

Strange scenes at Cabinet as Graham Hicks, Independent councillor and cabinet member for planning, transport and regeneration, had to publicly ask for a detailed breakdown of his department's budget.

In the six weeks since the cabinet members were chosen, surely they should have been getting a full breakdown of all the services that fall within their portfolio including the budgets for each.

Cabinet members receive an allowance of about £16,000 in addition to their basic councillors' allowance of £12,000. Just what have they been doing for this money if they haven't been getting to grips with every aspect of their work? I could understand if they didn't have absolute command of every detail - they are still learning after all. But surely something as fundamental as the budget should have been their first request.

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