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.

Top Ten

  • 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.


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