In response to a question by me, officers have revealed that the costs included:
IRP Panel Members £6,893.16
The other costs are from within existing resources:
- approx 95 hours (including meetings, preparation, research/analysis, report preparation)
- minimal as meeting papers circulated electronically to the Panel
- printing of final IRP report was part of the Council agenda
Councillor related costs:
- interviews were arranged when Members were at County Hall as far as possible but the total cost of those who claimed for travel to attend an interview came to £52.90
So the total cost of the entire review is likely to have been around £9000.
This is a massive waste of council taxpayers money and could so easily have been avoided. The only reason we had a review at all was because Independent and Conservative members could not accept a Lib Dem proposal to freeze allowances. Yet just a few months later the council voted by 92 votes to 9 in favour of a freeze with the Conservatives in support.
The £9000 that this review cost (as well as being a waste of the time of the review panel) could so easily have been used to provide more front line services so needed by the people of Cornwall.
The Conservatives should be ashamed of themselves for forcing Cornish taxpayers to foot this bill. They should be reaching into their own pockets to find the money.