Tories say ‘we’re all in this together’ as they vote themselves huge hikes in pay and perks

As the government attempts to suggest that “we’re all in this together” at a time of deep cuts to public services, it has today emerged that Tory councillors have awarded themselves pay rises of up to 100 per cent.

The Conservatives were accused of hypocrisy after Barnet Council voted for large hikes in its allowances and the Tory-run Local Government Association recommended a wider pay rise of 2.3 per cent for all councillors.

Barnet council last night authorised huge increases in the taxpayer-funded allowances for its politicians.

Council leader Lynne Hillan will now be entitled to £64,824 a year — an instant pay rise of £19,941.

The allowance payable to cabinet members will rocket by 99 per cent from £17,454.50 to £34,780.

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