July 5, 2008

Pension Plans Would Help on Recruitment

I Agree with Coun Ceri Jones that more needs to be done to attract working people to become county councillors.

Allowing councillors to join the county council pension scheme, which they will have to personally contribute to, will help recruit more councillors in their 30s and 40s.

Councillors of this age often lose out because they have to take time off without pay and this affects their own work-based pensions. The modest scheme suggested by the Independent Remuneration Panel would go some way to ensure that councillors don't lose out.

It is interesting that the two Tory councillors opposed to the scheme are Barry Dare and Ray Theodoulou. Both are retired, living in the Cotswolds.

I see nothing wrong in providing councillors with a pension of pounds450 per year for every four years they have served the community.

Many councillors work long hard hours, receiving little thanks from the people they represent.

It will be a voluntary scheme, which most councillors will probably not join.

If they do join, they will have to contribute.

This is not a free pension. Councillors will have to invest in their own retirement.

Hilary Brookfield, via email.

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