Deputy PCC 'will give up £10k allowance': Paul Robinson under pressure to resign East Riding Council seat
DEPUTY police and crime commissioner Paul Robinson says he plans to give up his allowance as a councillor.
Councillor Robinson remains under pressure to resign his seat on East Riding Council after being appointed to the new £45,000-a-year role.
Some fellow Tory councillors are expected to back a Labour motion at tomorrow's full council meeting which describes his new post as "incompatible" with that of an elected councillor.
Among his critics have been Conservative group leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby and David Rudd, the Tory chairman of a new cross-Humber panel overseeing the work of police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove.
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But today Cllr Robinson attempted to head off further criticism by announcing he intended to give up his annual £10,711-a-year basic allowance as a backbench councillor.
He said: "I have made a decision that I am entirely comfortable with. I currently serve on a voluntary capacity on a number of bodies, including my local parish council and two school governing bodies.
"This will be no different to that.
"I am also investigating the possibility of having my allowance donated to charities instead.
"I don't know whether that will be feasible or not but it's something I am looking at."
He said East Riding Council's senior legal officer Matthew Buckley had already advised him there was no conflict of interest carrying on as a councillor while working in his new role as Mr Grove's deputy.
"Councillor Parnaby knows this and so does the police and crime panel which is chaired by Councillor Rudd so I find their recent public comments on the issue very disappointing," he added.
Cllr Robinson, who represents Howdenshire, said he was keen to continue responding to casework in his ward and attending council meetings whenever possible.
He said he had also asked to be taken off the council's scrutiny committee which oversees policing issues to avoid any accusations of a conflict of interest.
Meanwhile, Humberside Police have confirmed Cllr Robinson did not receive a fine or points on his licence after being spotted using his mobile while driving.
In a statement, the force said: "Humberside Police investigated concerns brought to our attention by a member of public relating to an alleged motoring offence which happened in November. A formal complaint was not made, however.
"The driver was given suitable words of advice as a result."
Cllr Robinson said: "I have held my hands up and apologised."