My good friend Jack Colbert has drawn to my attention this article by Solicitor Rex Makin in the Liverpool Echo.
AT a time of cutbacks across all public bodies, one bastion against change stands firm. The Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (MITA) has a members’ allowance system seemingly written on tablets of stone since the good old days.
Last year its affable chairman, councillor Mark Dowd, received over £54,000 in various allowances. Unlike other authorities, members can receive more than one Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) for additional jobs such as chairing a committee. Unlike those other bodies, deputy chairs of its multifarious committees also get one. At the moment recipients are all Labour councillors. In the recent past, a few SRAs devolved to a small number of Merseyside Tories who formed a coalition with Labour to keep the largest group, the Lib Dems, from heading up the Authority.
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