People are becoming more aware of what councils are spending our ratepayer money on and this figure is likely to enrage.
Why are we paying for councillors to get a regular cut and blow dry, a tuxedo or a ball gown?
They are supposed to represent our best interest, not stock their wardrobes.
Councillor James Limnios made an excellent point during discussions last night – councillors are expected to be at their best and most presentable when shaking hands with the Russian or American ambassador and some councillors simply can’t afford elegant clothes for each occasion.
And without a level playing field, there is the potential that people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, students or single parents may be dissuaded from running for council, reducing the diversity in decision making.