Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Councillor Lives in India

A town councillor who has been living in India for the past four months while still being paid by council taxpayers is facing the sack.

Cllr. Yusuf Sidat, Liberal Democrat has attended only two meetings since May, the last one in June, but in that time has received £3,000 in allowances – the equivalent of £1,500 per meeting.

Last year Cllr. Sidat was welcomed back into the Liberal Democrat fold on Blackburn with Darwen Council in Lancashire after jetting off to India for three months. Residents have been unable to contact him for help or advice and council bosses have not been able to speak to him.

He has now been expelled from the Liberal Democrat Group again and will have to stand down if he has not attended a meeting by Christmas Day.

The Taxpayers Alliance said it was a
"disgrace"
that more effort was not made to track down Cll.r Sidat, who is paid an annual allowance of £6,000.

Susie Squire, the taxpayers Alliance’s political director, said:
"It’s all very well for the council to threaten to take his privileges away now, but this action should have been taken the minute it became clear that he was taking taxpayers’ money and yet performing no duties to merit his allowances."
Cllr. Sidat risked the wrath of party leaders when he spent from January to March in India last year.

Yesterday the Liberal Democrat Group Leader David Foster said:
"We have high expectations of our councillors. Councillor Sidat, due to his absence, has failed to live up to these expectations and to provide the standard of service to his constituents that Liberal Democrats demand from councillors."

No comments: