In Kent – including Medway, there were 715 elected representatives who received expenses and allowances in the financial year 2016/17.
Kent has 559 elected representatives who sit on all 12 Councils, Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells. The total expenses & allowances paid to all these elected Cllrs for 16/17 was £4.1 million.
On Kent County Council the number was 84, but has been reduced to 81 due to boundary changes. KCC Cllrs collected £1.75 million.
Medway Council had 55 members who claimed £735,000 in expenses and allowances.
Our 17 Kent MP’s claimed, according to IPSA, £2.6 million
All together these elected representatives have cost us £9.2 million.
Do our elected representatives who draw on the public purse represent value for money? We’ll leave you to decide that.
The Shepwayvox Team