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Boston Mayor: Cash savings to be made

A six-point plan to reduce costs associated with Boston Mayor have been approved by the borough council Cabinet.

The civic and mayoral budget has been examined, as have all council costs, as part of a transformation project to meet austerity savings and reductions and eventual complete withdrawal of Government funding for councils.

Cllr Michael Brookes said that a balance had to be drawn between savings and modernisation and the dignity of the Mayorality.

It was agreed that Mayors should make their own travel arrangements from April. They currently use an official chauffeured car. In exceptional circumstances a taxi and transport will be provided. The Macebearer is to be retained on reduced hours for attendance at full council meetings, civic events and events where it is traditional for the Mayor to attend in robes.

Attendance by the Mayor should mainly be restricted to events within the county. The Mayoral allowances should be reduced to £4,000 for the Mayor and £1,000 for the Deputy Mayor, reviewed each year and subject to recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel and council decision on members' allowances.

The panel is to be asked to consider the level of special responsibility allowances for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

The format of the Service to the Community Awards is to be reviewed withy consideration given to the event being held every other year instead of annually.

In 2016/17 Mayoral allowances and vehicle running costs were £8,327. The Mayoral car is 15 years old. Together with other support costs the total was £39,702.

Cllr Brookes said: "We have tried to do this sympathetically, but bearing in mind that every service where the council spends money has to be looked at closely to see if we can save money. Most councils in Lincolnshire have gone in this direction."