North Tyneside’s elected mayor has reduced her ‘salary’ to help two sections of the community.
As part of the cuts to North Tyneside Council’s budget this year, Mayor Norma Redfearn has agreed to reduce her allowance by £10,000 – which is currently just over £61,000.
The decision was confirmed at a recent cabinet meeting.
Instead, the money will be split between replenishing the budget for the young mayor and used to engage with older people.
Mrs Redfearn said: “I decided I wanted to give up part of it to help two groups that have really made a big impression on me – our young people and our older residents in North Tyneside.
“£5,000 will go the young mayor’s budget, which was reduced last year by the previous administration.
“If we want our young people to be involved in decision making they need to have some money to help that, for example to organise events and bringing young people together.
“And the other £5,000 I wanted to go to use to support our older residents and offer as a thank for for their patience in waiting for so long to get the sheltered accommodation project underway.
“I thought it would be good to give them a treat, so the money will be used to provide a Christmas lunch which is planned to take place on Friday, December 13.”
Cabinet members also agreed to a reduction in the increase on Meals on Wheels charges.
The original proposal was to increase the price of a hot delivered two-course meal from £2.95 to £3.20. However, this increase was reduced to a new charge of £3.