As many of Eastleigh’s councillors face the polls tomorrow, Eastleigh News can reveal that our borough representatives collectively failed to show up for 20% of their expected attendances over the last electoral year.
Information on the council website show the total number of meetings each councillor was expected to attend and how many they missed.
During the past year the Borough’s 44 councillors have appeared a total of 805 times out of an expected total of 1003 appearences.
The councillors also shared out a total of £353,781 in basic allowances – or an average of £8000 per councillor this is equivalent to an average of £440 per attendance.
The best attenders included three councillors who managed 100% :
The councillor who attended the greatest number of meetings was the Lib Dem councillor for Netley Abbey, David Airey who turned up for 33 of his scheduled 36 meetings.
The full top five were:
“What a disgrace -most people in Eastleigh don’t get paid if they go sick or fail to turn up for work.
If you only turn up for 56% of your meetings then why should you get 100% of your allowances?”
If you are one of Eastleigh’s 1600 unemployed and you don’t show up at the Job Centre they stop your benefits.”
“We are all in this together”
Following a fraught afternoons number crunching, Eastleigh News has calculated a ‘Value for Money‘ table, based on actual attendances and total basic allowances due.
Putting aside the three members who gave the job 100% (and who are clearly in a league of their own) we decided the councillors offering the best VFM were:
- John Caldwell – Conservative
- Judith Grajewski – Conservative
- Godfrey Olson- Conservative
- Cathie Fraser – Liberal Democrat
- Grahame Smith – Liberal Democrat
Eastleigh News admin Stephen Slominski said
“We think lower than average basic allowances plus above average attendance rates make Hiltingbury Conservative group good value for money. Four of the top five VFM councillors are on the same local area committee – they obviously take their duties seriously in Chandlers Ford.”
Grahame Smith’s VFM rating combined with his 92% overall attendance score makes the Lib Dem Chairman of Chandlers Ford & Hiltingbury Local Area Committee the very first Eastleigh News VFM Councillor of the Year!!
Congratulations Cllr Smith!
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