THE news that Bromsgrove District councillors have agreed to give themselves a 14 per cent increase in their allowances simply beggars belief. The increase was proposed by the controlling Conservative group and the Labour group acquiesced by abstaining. Our district councillors treat local residents with total disregard – no, contempt.

Dotheynotrealise thatmanypeopleare struggling to pay their way?

I hope council tax payers will remember this when their tax increases next year and maybe vote for a better council when the opportunity arises.

Stephen Peters, Alcester Road, Wythall