Pay rise for city councillors

Lancaster Town Hall.
Lancaster Town Hall.

Lancaster city councillors have voted themselves a 1.5 per cent pay rise, bringing their basic allowance to £3,350 a year.

The increase of £50 is the first for six years and will take effect after next May’s elections.

It will push up the total cost of allowances to the 60 councillors by £3,000 a year to £288,460.

The total includes additional special responsibility allowances to leaders, cabinet members and committee chairmen.

The rise follows recommendations by an independent remuneration panel, which were adopted by the full council last Wednesday December 17.

Special responsibility, carers, travel and subsistence allowances are to remain unchanged. Since the last increase in 2009 there were no pay increases for local government employees in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

While there was a 1 per cent pay increase for employees last year, there was no increase in councillors’ allowances.

Additional special responsibility allowances range from £290 a year for the appeals committee chairman to £5,530 for cabinet members and £11,060 for the leader of the council.

In the next municipal year, the Mayor will be paid £6,720 in expenses and the Deputy Mayor £1,335.