The former leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council who stepped down after his election to the Welsh Assembly has said he will not be taking the £13,000 councillor allowance.
Plaid Cymru’s Lindsay Whittle was elected as Assembly Member for the South Wales East region earlier this month but decided to remain a councillor representing the Penyrheol ward.
As a councillor he is entitled to a £13,000 allowance.
He said: “I will be earning a substantial amount of money as an Assembly Member and I don’t think it would be right to also take the basic allowance I’m entitled to as a councillor.
“A few individuals have tarnished the image of politics in recent years but my motivation has always been to serve the public to the best of my ability. I will continue to represent the voters of Penyrheol and Trecenydd as I have during my 36 years as a councillor.”
He announced earlier this month that he was standing down as Caerphilly County Borough Council leader following his election to the National Assembly.
Assembly Members receive an annual salary of £53,852 which has been frozen until the next elections in 2016.
Councillor Allan Pritchard was elected the new leader of the council at a special meeting on Tuesday.