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Token pay rise for Dudley councillors
5:35pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Local
MEMBERS of Dudley Council rubber-stamped a decision to give themselves a one per cent pay increase at last night's full council meeting.
Following a review of the Members’ Allowances Scheme in May this year - councillors across the political parties agreed on the token rise on Monday (October 7) - which will be backdated to April 2013.
The annual basic allowance for elected members of the council now stands at £9,393.
Members are also reimbursed if they need to travel by public transport outside of the West Midlands and for the costs of main meals where members are unable to eat in their usual place.
On top of the basic allowance - the leader of the council now receives an additional £23,482 special responsibility allowance while the deputy is entitled to an extra £11,741.
Cabinet members and the development control committee chairman can pocket a further £7,045, while scrutiny committee and other committee chairmen and the leader of the opposition are entitled to an extra £4,696 on top of the basic allowance.
Deputy committee leaders and the deputy opposition leader receive £1,565 and the deputy development control chairman receives £2,348 in addition to the basic £9,393.
A report to the committee says there has been no increase in members’ allowances since 2009 as allowances are linked to pay awards for council staff.
The report adds: “The Independent Remuneration Panel recognised Dudley is a low cost, low spend authority and members’ allowances are either the lowest or in the lowest quartile compared to other similar authorities.”
Councillor Pete Lowe, Dudley Council’s deputy leader, added: “It was a common sense approach that we were treated no differently to the public sector.
“Taking into account the difficult economic position and budget pressures faced by the council we felt it wouldn’t be appropriate to have a significant increase in the allowances.”
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