THE POLITICAL leader of Harrow is under attack and "should be ashamed" as the Observer reveals that he has increased his hypothetical allowances should his leadership collapse.
Since splitting from Labour and forming Independent Labour - taking eight councillors with him - Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar has not only remained the leader of the council but also of the third largest political group.
With the political makeup of the council in a tenuous position, the council leader has remodelled the special responsibility allowances, including his own should he ousted as leader.
Presently the leader of the third largest party would get £2040 a year in allowances, however that is now being changed to £6630.
David Perry, leader of the Labour Group, said: "The leader of the council should be ashamed of himself. There is absolutely no reason to amend the allowance to the Leader of the third largest party at this moment in time.
"The council are going through some huge reductions in spending, and this manoeuvre is merely providing himself a 'back stop pay rise' to fall back on should there be a relationship breakdown with his Tory Coalition supporters."
The Labour Group told the Observer that they will be strongly opposing these proposals at the full Council meeting this evening.
An Independent Labour Group statement has explained the move.
They said: "The Independent Labour Group, being responsive and fair, values people and their efforts. The role of non-executive members on the cabinet is very demanding – it requires significant amount of time and commitment to scrutinise the work of the executive members. Rewarding the work of the non-executives is therefore well deserving".
"Those attending the Cabinet meetings would know that the non-executive members provided good value for money".