councillor resigns as Somerset fire authority's Chairman
county councillor Mark Healey has resigned from the post of chairman
of Devon and Somerset Fire Authority this week after a row about
a 25% rise in allowances.
Healey and his deputy Andy Boyd have stepped down after being
criticised by the leaders of Devon and Somerset county councils
for approving the rise.
Fire Brigades Union said it was concerned with the loss at a time
when the service was making big budget cuts.
approved the increase in February and, as chairman, Mr Healey
cast the deciding vote.
Hart, leader of Devon County Council, and Ken Maddock, leader
of Somerset County Council, told the men they should not have
approved the rise in allowances. In a statement, Mr Hart said:
"I don't think it's right for any public body to raise its
allowances when we're asking people to accept spending cuts."
Boyd told the BBC he had done nothing wrong and that he was disappointed
and felt he had made the best decision for the authority and taxpayers.