LGA Conservatives hit back at Shapps in councillors' pensions row
Sir Merrick (aka Pooter Cockell) chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) and Conservative group leader Cllr Gary Porter launched a vehement attack against remarks made earlier by Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps and local government minister Brandon Lewis. Both have a vested interest in continuing to live off the taxpayer and don't want the likes of Shapps and Lewis getting in their way.
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Shapps,served as DCLG housing minister until last summer’s reshuffle, likened councillors to Boy Scouts in undertaking their civic role, when speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Mr Shapps was talking in reaction to the findings of the Commons CLG committee into broadening participation at local level, which urged independent local bodies should set councillor allowances.
In response, leader of Kensington & Chelsea RBC Sir Merrick Cockell, told the LGA’s executive meeting on 10 January ministers couldn't have it both ways in wanting more hands-on town hall leaders and fewer high-paid chief executives on the one hand, and a return to part-time oversight on the other.