ALLOWANCES: We should only pay to cover expenses

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I write further to recent correspondence (News Guardian, March 10), regarding the more than £1.7m in allowances and expenses paid to our elected representatives and the council spokesperson’s ‘defence’.

The spokesperson appears to suggest justification for our representatives taking £1.7m as other councils’ “servants” take more.

We are repeatedly told the reason our representatives put themselves forward is “to serve”. Perhaps we do not want them to be out of pocket when serving and need to reimburse actual expenses incurred.

But to pay them an allowance – money they have not spent for doing their choice of serving – when services are being cut, does not seem right.

Peter Quinn

North Shields