South Holland District Council members have voted to give themselves a 2.2 per cent pay rise after accepting an independent body’s recommendations.
The pay rise, in line with public sector workers such as nurses, teachers and police officers, sees a councillor’s basic allowance go up from £6,000 to £6,132.
We don’t do this for money but for the pride and credit of the districtCoun Angela Newton
Council leader Gary Porter will see his salary rise from £19,320 to £19,745, while council chairman Francis Biggadike’s pay will increase from £4,250 to £4,344.
The levels were set by an Independent Remuneration Panel appointed by the council to decide members’ allowances for work done on behalf of voters, travel to and from meetings, membership of committees and any other responsibilities given to them.
A report from the panel debated by councillors at a meeting on Wednesday said: “The panel considered the views of members which had been sought during meetings held over the course of the year.
“In general, the views of members indicated that they felt the allowances they received were appropriate for their roles as councillors, reflected in the basic allowance of £6,000 per annum.
“Any additional responsibilities they had were reflected in the special responsibility allowance (an amount paid to councillors on top of the basic allowance).
“The panel also recommended that the council should consider raising these allowances in line with the public sector pay award for 2015/16 as agreed at a national level.
“Whilst the council is ultimately responsible for agreeing its scheme for payment of members’ allowances, it must have regard for the panel’s advice.”
There was also an agreement that the pay of committee and council vice-chairmen should be 50 per cent of the chairman’s pay.
Coun Angela Newton said: “We don’t do this for money but for the pride and credit of the district.”