SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Row Over Councillors' 12 Per Cent Pay Rise
councillors are being recommended to award themselves a pay rise
that could total up to £80,000 a year.
12 per cent increase is being proposed because of the changes in
the structure of the council.
of numerous committees, a cabinet of Labour councillors has now
been appointed, with each of the ten members taking on a
particular area of responsibility.
the switch, external consultants Riley Advertising were appointed
to suggest what levels of allowances councillors should receive.
concluded that it was difficult to fix a level, but suggested
paying the Leader of the council half of the salary of the
Strategic Directors, who sit at the apex of the officers’
would have meant that the current leader, Cllr Nick Nolan, would
have seen his salary spiral from £23,828 (including the basic
councillor’s allowance of £9.748) to £37,500.
rationale for this is that the time spent doing the leader’s
jobs makes it impossible for them to get another job.
the total wage bill for the councillors, including employer’s
national insurance contribution, would rise to £798,000.
suggestion was that part of the pay be withheld until the
councillor undergoes a formal review to check that their
performance has been adequate.
secretary John Payne said:
careful consideration of the consultants’ report, it is
considered that, in spite of the new roles and responsibilities
of members under the new political management arrangements, it
would be difficult to justify some of the allowances proposed in
new formula has been set up, with all members of the council
getting a basic allowance of £10,000.
addition, it is suggested that the leader receives £18,000, the
deputy leader £13,000, and other cabinet members £8,000. Chairs
of committees used to receive £3,000.
who chair the three new scrutiny boards are in line for £5,000,
while their deputies will get £2,000,
planning committee chair will get £3,000 and health and safety
and licensing chair will get £2,000. The deputies in all these
jobs will get half that sum.
Payne said that the attendance allowance councillors received for
turning up to meetings should be scrapped.
new Standards Committee will decide on Friday whether or not to
recommend the new levels to the council for acceptance.
committee of independent people not connected with the council has
been set up to provide an impartial view of what the pay should
passed the levels will not come into force until new Government
regulations are implemented next year.
leader Tim Sawdon said he was amazed that the new political system
was costing more money.
would have expected that a new streamlined system of political
management would lead to a smaller bill.
12 per cent rise indicates that the new system is as chaotic as
it always used to be.”
Sawdon will receive £3,000 under the new arrangements, a cut of
Rob Windsor (Socialist, St Michael’s) said his political group
had not yet discussed he new pay, but he was personally against
such a large increase.
said there is a case for paying people if they lose money from
their normal job because of council duties, but would limit the a
full-time wage for the leader to the national average wage for a
said of his existing council salary:
take that which pays for the hours I lose at work, and the rest
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don’t support having a cabinet system anyway, and these levels
of pay breed careerism.”