We are entitled to transparency over Hastings councillors’ salaries and expenses

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From: Joyce Steadman, Robertson Terrace, Hastings

I was pleased that Eric Waters (Opinion, November 23) picked up the points I raised in my letter (Opinion, October 26) regarding councillors’ salaries and expenses.

I read that he managed to get some figures relating to the councillors’ salaries and expenses for the 2017/18 financial year. I do hope Mr Waters will follow this up and obtain the 2018/19 figures when they become available. We can then see if, during this year of cuts and austerity, they award themselves an increase on the previous year.

It would not be necessary for residents to seek out this information if the leader of the council published this information in the Hastings Observer as was done by his predecessor at the end of the financial year, thus giving transparency to which residents are entitled.