ALLOWANCES: Will councillors cash in on rates?

After the Tory announcement that local authorities can keep 100 per cent of any incremental funds they raise from business rates, I can imagine our Labour Party councillors doing a jig of delight around the table, now this year they can award themselves a 50 per cent pay rise in expenses instead of the 24 per cent they awarded themselves last year.

Happy days.

Mel Kendall

Longbenton