PVV councillors hire themselves as consultants

26th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders has criticised two of his provincial councillors for hiring themselves in for advisory and support work, generating an extra salary themselves.

According to Dutch newspaper , Cor Bosman and Michael Heemels – who both sit on councils in the southern province of Limburg - are entitled to a 57,000-euro budget for support staff on top of the 13,000 euros they earn as councillor.

Wilders displeased In a response to the news broadcast by commercial broadcaster RTL, Mr Wilders said he disapproved of the councillors’ double role and hoped it would soon be “a thing of the past”. He added that regardless of the province, “it’s not the way it’s supposed to work.”

Last month, a PVV provincial councillor in North Holland – who was also combining the same two functions - was criticised by the interior ministry.

Earlier this year, PVV politicians were in the media limelight for combining their functions as MP or MEP with that of city councillor, earning some 25,000 euros on top of their 90,000-euro salary as parliamentarian.

It was claimed they were among the best paid politicians in the Netherlands because so many of them held two public functions.

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