Councillors in Cornwall are under fire tonight after they awarded themselves a 20% increase in their allowances. It comes at a time when staff at the local authority are facing a pay freeze and services are being cut.
The amount paid to councillors is among the highest in the country. Cornwall's new figure of £14,600 compares with under £11,000 at Devon County Council and £10,000 at Plymouth City Council. Both have frozen allowances at last year's figures.
Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
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