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Criticism as Wiltshire Council make thousands for short changing drivers

Wiltshire Council came in for criticism today after it was revealed it had made nearly three quarters of a million pounds by short changing motorists. The amount which puts the county top in the country comes from ticket machines that don't offer any change when you buy a ticket.

Jonty Messer has the following report:

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Council parking machines short change us by £730k in three years

Wiltshire Council uses parking machines which don't give out change Credit: PA

Wiltshire Council is making around £250,000 a year short-changing motorists in car parks.

It's because the council uses ticket machines which state "no change given".

A national newspaper submitted freedom of ­information requests to all 348 local ­authorities in England and Wales.

Wiltshire Council came top – making £730,000 in unreturned change over three years.

Council leader gives up pay rise

Jane Scott , leader of Wiltshire Council Credit: ITV News West County

Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott has turned down her controversial pay rise which would have seen her allowances increase from £37,335 to £52,227.

The news was revealed via a Freedom of Information request to the council by a local newspaper.

The prospect of such an increase had prompted a group of independent councillors, to call an extraordinary meeting to discuss the matter. More than two and a half thousand people signed a petition objecting to the pay rise

"Anger growing" over increased allowances

Independent Wiltshire councillor, Terry Chivers says 'anger is growing across Wiltshire' after the Council Leader, Jane Scott, voted for increases in allowances of up to 37%.

I had no hesitation in putting my name forward, with other Independent members, Councillors Jeff and Helen Osborn, Ernie Clark and Chris Caswell, to call a special Council meeting to rescind the decision made by the Conservatives at the last Full Council Meeting.

It’s clear cracks are starting to appear in the ruling Conservative group as some are admitting in private that they misjudged the mood of the public.

If we are to get this decision rescinded we must ensure we keep pressure, not only on the Conservatives, but all members of the Council, to ensure they support this move.

– Councillor Terry Chivers, Independent Melksham Without North

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Council leader estimates job losses will be 200

Four years ago it was predicted we would need to reduce by 1,200 posts. The current 200 posts will only take the total to 800, which is still less than we predicted. We will try to reduce the number of back office support rather than front line staff because our aim has always been to protect those vital services.”

– Cllr Jane Scott OBE, Conservative Leader of Wiltshire Council
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