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County councillors agree to pay increase

 
Created on 19/05/2017 @ 08:43
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County councillors have voted to receive a £100 a year pay increase, taking their basic salary to £13,400, during one of their first meetings.

At yesterday’s AGM of Powys County Council, councillors were told that after two years of no salary increase, the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IPRW) had decided to uplift councillors basic salary by 0.75%, effective from 9 May this year.

Powys County Council “must” allow the increase, according to the IPRW.

A report before the council set out the IPRW’s decision, although individual councillors can forgo their salary.

Sixty-eight councillors voted for the report on salaries, with one abstention.

“As with all three types of salaries (basic, senior and civic) a Member may elect to forego the whole or part of the Basic Salary. This is a decision for the individual Member and is not a matter for Council. To forego a salary a Member or Co-Opted Member must notify the Chief Finance Officer in writing,” stated a report before councillors.

The council also agreed to “Senior Salaries” being allocated to up to 18 councillors with specific responsibilities, such as the Leader and Deputy Leader.

The Leader of the Council will receive a salary, inclusive of the increased £13,400 basic salary, of £48,100, while the Deputy Leader will receive £33,600.

Cabinet Members will receive £29,100. The leaders of political groups within the council will receive £17,100.

The Council Chair and Vice Chair will also receive “civic salaries” of £21,600 and £16,100 respectively, including the basic salary.

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