CONCERNS were raised by councillors on the transparency of the wages and salary figures for the town council's accounts to members of the public.
Four town councillors raised their opinions at the meeting with regard to figures published in the accounts under the payee headings 'Wages' and 'Combined Salaries', which do not state to whom the money is paid to.
Councillor Graham was the first to raise a concern with the council.
She said: "Why are ratepayers not made aware of exactly how much each individual is paid?
"There is a lack of transparency.
"Members of the public have a right to know which areas are absorbing wages, and should know how much each salary is."
Councillor Blencowe agreed.
He said: "A little more transparency is required."
Councillor Noyes said: "As councillors we approve the accounts, with only a vague idea what the payments are going towards.
"We are accountable if anything were to go wrong, yet we don't have a clue to whom the money is going.
"We only have a vague idea what it's for.
"The mayor signs the cheques because the council approves the payment."
Councillor Russell added to the other's opinions: "To take it from a different angle, I would suggest that we as councillors should know the administrative salary costs of this council without revealing sensitive salary information.
"We need to understand what the wages and salaries are made up of.
"Is there a possibility that the councillors could receive a copy of the information.
"At the moment we don't get access to that data."
Councillor Graham added: "But it is in the interest of the members of the public to know the exact salaries that are being paid, as we are acting on behalf of council tax payers by approving the accounts."
It was agreed to put the suggestions to the Finance and General Purposes Committee and take the advice of the internal auditor.
Councillor Noyes added: "I would like to add that even though we have been paying extra for an absent town clerk, we are still within budget, which is very good."