COUNCILLORS voted not to pay their staff a living wage on Thursday last week.
The issue had been raised by the opposition Labour group on Daventry District Council but at the meeting last week the Conservatives voted against the move, which was supported by the Labour and Lib Dem members.
Opposition councillors argued the move to pay a minimum of £7.45 an hour (compared to the £6.19 minimum wage) would cost £8,000. However, officers said the move would undermine payscales and adjusting all pay grades would cost around £500,000.
Cllr Chris Lee (Lab) said: “This council has already voted to increase councillors allowances and the allowance for the chairman which will cost a total of £4,000.
“So I’ve already found half the cash needed in the money voted through by the ruling party for themselves.”