£900,000 - new total cost of councillors' allowances
Date published: 19 December 2016
Councillor Ashley Dearnley (seen with his hand raised high voting for the increases) will see his total allowance rise from £17,184 to £21,425
The massive increase in councillors' allowances - voted for by councillors at last week's full council meeting - means the total cost of the allowances paid to councillors will rise to just under £900,000, an additional £172,600 per year.
The basic allowance (BA) for each of the 60 councillors will be £10,451 (a 34% increase).
However, the basic allowance increase has a cascading effect on many other 'extra' allowances, known as a special responsibility allowances (SRA) - these are paid on top of the basic allowance.
Half of all councillors receive a special responsibility allowance.
The SRA of council leader Richard Farnell is calculated as three times the basic allowance. The others are calculated as a percentage of the leader's SRA.
The massive rise in the basic allowance gave the leader an additional rise in SRA, which in turn gave the other councillors in receipt of a special responsiblility allowance an additional rise*.
For example, the Leader of the Opposition Conservative Party, Ashley Dearnley, will now receive a basic allowance of £10,451 plus an SRA of £10,974, a total of £21,425 (previously BA of £7,812 + SRA of £9,372 = £17,184).
|SPECIAL RESPONSBILITY ALLOWANCES||SRA annual|
|Leader & Regeneration||1||£31,353||3 X BA||£41,804|
|Deputy Leaders||2||£15,677||50% of Leader||£26,128|
|Other Cabinet Members||6||£14,109||45% of Leader||£24,560|
|Assistants to Portfolio||9||£2,822||20% of Cabinet||£13,273|
|OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY (O&S)|
|Chairpersons O&S Committees||3||£7,838||25% of Leader||£18,289|
|Chairperson Audit & Governance Committee||1||£6,271||20% of Leader||£16,722|
|Chairperson Planning & Licensing Committee||1||£10,451||1/3 of Leader||£20,902|
|Chairperson Employment & Equalities Committee||1||£6,271||20% of Leader||£16,722|
|Chairpersons Townships||4||£7,838||25% of Leader||£18,289|
|Leader Main Opposition Group||1||£10,974||35% of Leader||£21,425|
|Lead Member – Armed Forces||1||£2,822||20% of Cabinet||£13,273|
|Sub Total - Basic Allowances||60||£627,060|
|Sub Total - SRAs||30||£269,910|
|Leader's GMCA SRA||1||£5,500||£5,500|
*A small number of minor SRAs are to be discontinued and the Lead Member for the Armed Forces SRA is significantly reduced.
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