Politicians paid mileage for attending virtual meetings from their homes
Big pay rise for councillors delayed after nurses furore
With restrictions on travel, many county council meetings are taking place online, but councillors continue to be paid mileage. Photo: Paul Faith/Getty Images
December 29 2020 02:30
Politicians are being paid mileage to attend virtual meetings at home, it has emerged. Councillors from across all parties on some councils are getting expenses, as normal, despite the Covid-19 restrictions.
And the controversy over the failure to pay student nurses and a forthcoming vote on a public sector pay deal has resulted in the delay of a substantial pay rise for councillors.
A councillor has complained to the Department of Housing that local authorities across the country are “paying mileage to elected members for journeys that are simply not being made”.