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Kent councillors vote for 15% allowance increase

Councillors in Kent have voted themselves an allowance increase of 15%.

Their critics say this gives them the biggest allowances in the whole country, when their pay review body had recommended an increase of only 1.5%.

But the councillors themselves say the rise is wholly justified and the Leader of Kent County Council told our reporter Tony Green that they'd had no increase for many years, and the new figures represented good value for money.

Tony spoke to Cllr Paul Carter Leader, Kent County Council, Con & Cllr Rob Bird Kenty County Council, Lib Dem & Steve Wiggett Chairman, Independent Remuneration Panel & Ryan Slaughter UNISON organiser, Kent Local Government.