Councillors received almost three quarters of a million in allowances
Date published: 15 December 2017
Rochdale Borough Council paid out £747,691.33 in allowances and expenses for councillors in the financial year ended April 2017.
A breakdown shows each of the Borough’s 60 councillors received a basic allowance of £7,812, with many getting more because of their cabinet and committee roles.
Former council leader Richard Farnell, who recently resigned, received over £31,000 for the year. His successor as leader, Councillor Allen Brett, received almost £20,000.
- Richard Farnell (Labour) £31,224.00
- Allen Brett (Labour) £19,563.95
- Jacqueline Beswick (Labour) £19,389.95
- Dalaat Ali (Labour) £18,528.00
- Peter Williams (Labour) £18,517.61
- Donna Martin (Labour) £18,504.00
- Iftikhar Ahmed (Labour) £18,348.00
- Janet Emsley (Labour) £18,348.00
- Neil Emmott (Labour) £18,348.00
- Ashley Deranley (Conservative) £17,364.00
The full list of councillor allowances can be downloaded below.
The total bill for the current financial year (ending April 2018) will rise to over £900,000 due to the hugely controversial decision by councillors to increase their allowances by a whopping 34%, and the leader's allowance by a staggering 51%, in December 2016.