BNP Councillors in Barking and Dagenham, may lose a substantial part of their wages after they bunked a staggering number of meetings last year.
Some of the councillors in Richard Barnbrook's London stronghold only attended six council meetings in the entire year, meaning they pocketed the equivalent of £1600 for each one. With the average council meeting lasting only two hours, this means that the BNP councillors have been working for an astonishing £800 an hour.
With such poor value for money, Barking and Dagenham Council are now considering clawing back some of the cash.
The worst attendance rate was racked up by Councillor Jamie Jarvis who attended only 26% of the meetings he was required to, making Boris Johnson's record look positively glowing. When confronted by the Barking and Dagenham post, one BNP councillor, Mr. Darren Tuffs explained that:
"A lot of the reason (I don't turn up) is that I run my own business, and don't always know what I'm going to be doing during the day. I would have to apologise to my constituents. I do try and get to the meetings, but various circumstances stop me."
Quite what those 'various circumstances' are is not made clear. However, the thought of his hourly pay going beneath the £800 mark may well have been a factor.
The six highest charting non-attendees on the Council are all unsurprisingly members of the British National Party. Leader of the group and London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook accepted that his members had an awful record. Speaking to the Post he said:
"I appreciate that my own councillors don't have great attendance"
Let's hope that your constituents appreciate that too.