Cycling Redbridge councillor calls for speedy expenses review
A COUNCILLOR has called for himself and his cycling peers to be paid an allowance for travelling to council duties.
Conservative Cllr Paul Canal said a review into whether the allowance should be created was taking a “very, very long time”.
He made the comments as revisions to the members’ allowances scheme were approved during a full council meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford.
Revisions included a new rate per mile paid back to councillors driving to approved council duties of 40p.
After the meeting Cllr Canal said: “I cycle to most meetings because it’s quicker, eases congestion and is good for everybody.
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“If there’s more of an incentive to cycle rather than drive to work, that can only be a good thing.”
Mayor Cllr Jim O’Shea, who was chairing Thursday’s meeting, said the results of the review would come before the council when it was complete.
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