Community workers call for Lincoln councillor's resignation
Furious volunteers say they feel like they have been "slapped in the face" by their Lincolnshire County Councillor.
Community workers are angry Sara Cliff failed to spend any of her £2,000 community budget last year – despite representing one of the country's most deprived areas.
Now people in the Lincoln East ward are calling for her to stand down.
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Eve Wind is chairman of Tower Action Group – a voluntary service that organises events for the local community in east Lincoln.
She said: "We're paying her to do a job – so where is she? I believe she is doing the job for prestige and that only. It's not fair. She should quit and do it now."
Mrs Wind added: "This part of Lincoln is one of the most deprived areas in the country.
"We're all struggling to survive and keep morale high with activities for the local community. And there she is sitting on £2,000. It is disgraceful.
"We're screaming out for a bit of money. I am so annoyed by it all. That money is our money.
"If you take community groups like us for example, 90 per cent of the people are volunteers.
"I feel like she has slapped every volunteer in the face thanks to her lack of action.
"We have invited her to a number of meetings. She hasn't even replied," she claimed.
Ms Cliff won her seat in 2009 before moving 119 miles away to Soham, Cambridgeshire, to become a methodist minister in July last year.
Since then her attendance has dropped. She sat in on just one committee meeting last year.
Sarah Whitworth, who lives on the Tower estate in Lincoln, said: "It's unreal. I think it's scandalous, to be honest.
"Nobody I know has seen her in this area – it's an absolute joke."
The leader of the opposition at Lincolnshire County Council, Marianne Overton, said: "I believe it is this kind of example that undermines democracy.
"Perhaps Sara Cliff should donate the substantial sum of allowances she has claimed in the last three years to the community of Lincoln East? It certainly needs the money.
"I believe she is ruining the reputation of county councillors and must step down immediately."
Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Ultimately it's up to local residents to judge their councillors' record.
"If politicians aren't up to scratch residents should be given the opportunity to say so via the ballot box."