Tuesday 17 January 2017

Ignore the catch cry - councillors do deliver value for money

Malcolm Byrne

Published 31/03/2016 | 02:30

'Yes, there have been councillors who have been dishonest and who have exploited the system, but the overwhelming majority in all parties and in none are there to serve their local communities' Photo: PA
'Yes, there have been councillors who have been dishonest and who have exploited the system, but the overwhelming majority in all parties and in none are there to serve their local communities' Photo: PA

The call for an increase in the salaries of county and city councillors has, to put it euphemistically, received a mixed press.

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There is a popular stereotype of the local councillor doing a few hours each week on parish pump issues and looking to claim expenses for everything. 'We have too many of them, they do little work and they waste money' is a popular catch cry.

The reality is very different. Yes, there have been councillors who have been dishonest and who have exploited the system, but the overwhelming majority in all parties and in none are there to serve their local communities and to try to assist people living in their local area.

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