The end of the free lunch at Cornwall Council?
Free lunches for councillors could come to an end if plans go ahead.
Members of Cornwall Council currently qualify for a free meal at the canteen when they attend County Hall.
Councillors can also claim expenses for meals bought when out on council business.
Jade Farrington, Liberal Democrat councillor for Launceston South, has put forward a motion to be discussed tomorrow which would see the end of free food.
The motion states: “In view of the budget pressures facing the authority and the anticipated large-scale cuts to services, this council encourages councillors to fund their own lunch and refreshments and cease the practice of signing for free food in the cafeteria.”
The council is currently looking at ways of saving an extra £24million.
The motion continues: “Furthermore this council urges the independent remuneration panel to take this resolution into account when issuing its next report and believes claims should only be only made for meals when on council business involving overnight stays out of Cornwall when it is
unreasonable to expect members to make alternative provision.”
The matter will be discussed at the full Cornwall Council meeting which will be held at 10.30am tomorrow in the council chamber.