A Tale of Two Attitudes at County Hall


Graphich showing hand on wallet on left and school 'lollipop' sign on right

Devon CC have announced that while they can find the money to pay for increased Councillors allowances, they cannot afford £45 to continue to employ a school crossing 'Lollipop Lady'. 

Brian Greenslade, Lib Dem County Councillor for Barnstaple North writes the following:

Devon CC have announced that while they can find the money to pay for increased Councillors allowances, they cannot afford £45 to continue to employ a school crossing 'Lollipop Lady'. 

Brian Greenslade, Lib Dem County Councillor for Barnstaple North writes the following:

"North Devon Journal, May 31st, carries two stories about Devon County Council which paint a disappointing difference in attitude displayed by County Councillors.

“Firstly, on page four, there is a report that County Councillors have just voted for a 15% increase in their allowances. This is an additional £100,000 expenditure with no provision in this year’s budget. I and Lib Dem colleagues voted against implementing this increase. Conservative, Labour, Independent County Councillors voted for the increase therefore it was approved.

Secondly page six with a story about Devon County Council cutting expenses for a Lollipop Lady to the extent she has given up her job by Newport School. She offered to stay on if DCC found her £45 in travel expenses from her home in Bideford.

So DCC cannot find £45 to support a valuable community role but can suddenly find £100,000 with which to increase members allowances. What a difference in attitude!

When the ruling Conservatives at County Hall were previously forced to do an about face over the cuts they wanted to make to school crossing patrols I seem to remember we were told this service “was safe in their hands!”. The recent evidence does not support this!

The old story that Members allowances must go up to attract younger Councillors is just a joke. Younger members of society who work full time, have family commitments, cannot put this at risk for a role which can be here today gone tomorrow.”

Whilst Lib Dems acknowledge the need for an eventual increase in Councillors’ allowances, they proposed it should be deferred until after the elections in May 2021 when there might be budgeted provision available.  All those who stood in 2017 did so knowing what the allowance would be for the next four years.


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