No such thing as a free lunch for councillors
The until now accepted practice of councillors claiming a free meal when attending county hall in Cornwall has been voted out by full council.
Council members, who can also claim for meals purchased when out on council business, voted for a motion saying councillors should not use the free service.
Instead, councillors will now be expected to bring their own lunch and refreshments and may in the future see claims for meals reduced to only overnight stays outside of Cornwall.
Liberal Democrat councillor Jade Farrington, who proposed the motion, said: "In all my other jobs, in the public and private sectors, I've been expected to pay for my own food.
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"It costs pennies to make sandwiches or put last night's left overs in a tub to bring to county hall, just as people do in almost every other line of work.
"Over the course of this council we are all going to be party to some enormous cuts, these cuts are going to hit some of the poorest and most vulnerable.
"While people are losing their jobs and vital services disappearing I can't see any justification for claiming something on expenses which isn't directly attributable to the work we do."