Monthly logs which keep the public informed about their councillors’ activities will be scrapped.
Calderdale councillors last night recommended that the reports should cease and be removed from public view.
The reports record how many hours elected members spend on council business, how many meetings they attend and how much holiday and sick leave they take.
They’re filled in monthly and published quarterly, but that is now set to change to an annual report.
It follows a move by Kirklees councillors who submit annual reports.
An Examiner survey has revealed that the 2012/13 reports of 21 Kirklees councillors, were not publicly available yesterday. The reason is due to a “web glitch”.
And they are not obliged to say how much time they’ve spent on council business.
In Calderdale a working party made the suggestion which was supported by the cross party Governance and Business Committee last night.
The current monitoring will cease at the end of September and information removed. Councillors should submit an annual report for publication by the end of May 2014.
Clr Janet Battye, leader of the Lib Dems, said she felt disappointed by the decision.
She said: “We as a group think it’s important that local people see how much time and effort we are spending on council work.
“I can see the merit in this but I think local people, who we are accountable to, should know how much time we spend on this.”
She asked for the May deadline to be brought forward to the end of the financial year.
Clr Daniel Sutherland, Labour, said he thought the annual report may become an election manifesto and added: “We don’t want to waste taxpayers money having councillors doing something at hardly anyone looks at. I doesn’t hold us to account as it is.”
Clr Barry Collins, deputy leader, agree that it should not become an election tool and councillors voted for the change.
Calderdale councillors are paid a basic ï¿½9,931 with extra allowances depending on responsibilities and roles within the council.
The working party’s report says many councils had similar arrangements to Calderdale but scrapped them due to the “lack of quality information” they provided.