Surrey County Council Leader 60% Pay Rise Is Unacceptable

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Conservative led Surrey County Council has today been roundly condemned for sanctioning massive increases in members’ allowances at a time when the majority of people continue to struggle with below-inflation wage rises.

An independent review panel made their recommendations which were frankly pretty outrageous, but the Tory controlled committee pushed through increases that were, in many cases, even greater than those recommended.

At a time when the authority is having to find considerable savings, councillors none-the-less felt it appropriate to increase the amount of local residents’ cash they are taking for themselves.

46 of the 70 Councillors voted in favour of the increases.  Labour, LibDem, Green, Residents’ Association (RA), Independent and UKIP members criticised the move; UKIP councillor Helena Windsor said: “When you contrast it with the sort of pay rises ordinary working people are receiving, if they are getting pay rises, in particular our staff, it does not look good.”

 

BASIC AND SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY ALLOWANCES

ANNUAL ALLOWANCES

(and number of recipients)

Present Allowance

Recommended by Independent Review Panel

New allowances pushed through by Conservatives

Basic Allowance (81)

£11,791

£12,418

£12,418

Leader of the Council (1)

£27,000

£35,548

£43,000

Deputy Leader (1)

£19,500

£30,333

£31,250

Cabinet Member (8)

£16,500

£22,151

£22,500

Cabinet Associate (4)

£5,000

(interim payment in 2013/14)

£10,553

£12,500

Select Committee Chairmen (including Council Overview & Scrutiny and Health Scrutiny) (6)

£10,000

£7,827

£10,000

Planning & Regulatory Committee Chairman (1)

£10,000

£7,827

£12,000

Audit & Governance Chairman (1)

£9,000

£7,827

£9,000

Lead Member for Scrutiny of the Police & Crime Commissioner (1)

£7,827

£8,000

Local Committee Chairmen (11)

£6,000

£7,827

£8,000

Pension Fund Board Chairman (1)

£4,715

£8,000

Pension Fund Board Vice-Chairman (1)

£1,339

£1,500

Committee Vice-Chairmen (Select Committees (including Council Overview & Scrutiny and Health Scrutiny), Planning and Audit) (8)

£3,000

£1,339

£3,000

Local Committee Vice-Chairmen (11)

£1,339

£1,500

Chairman of Council (1)

£15,000

£17,251

£18,000

Vice-Chairman of Council (1)

£5,000

£7,669

£8,000

Officers of Political Groups

£170 per Member

No Change

£5,000

 

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