Posted by: John Brace | 18th October 2017

Wirral Council’s councillors decided on backdated pay rises for 4 councillors costing an extra £34,226 a year!

Wirral Council’s councillors decided on backdated pay rises for 4 councillors costing an extra £34,226 a year!

                                          

Councillor Steve Foulkes (centre) 16th October 2017 voting to give himself a backdated £10,108 pay rise

Councillor Steve Foulkes (centre) 16th October 2017 voting to give himself a backdated £10,108 pay rise

Wirral Council councillors on Monday evening voted to give four councillors a backdated pay rise costing Wirral Council an extra £34,226 a year.

Councillors from Wirral Council (Councillors Abbey, Foulkes, Rowlands and Jerry Williams) on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee (formerly called the Merseytravel Committee) will now receive a backdated basic allowance for their work on the Transport Committee annually of £5,675 each.

On top of the basic allowance of £5,675 (backdated to May) three councillors received extra amounts too. Cllr Les Rowlands received an extra £2,660 as Opposition Spokesperson, Cllr Steve Foulkes an extra £4,433 as Lead Member for Finance and Organisational Development and Cllr Ron Abbey an extra £4,433 as Lead Member for Bus.

A report of the Independent Panel on Member’s Allowances stated that prior to May “the allowances paid to the four Wirral Members were paid by the Council and reimbursed by Merseytravel” but went on to explain that after May 2017 Merseytravel would no longer do this and it would become a decision for individual councils.

Despite a legal requirement to publish the total amounts Wirral Council pays to individual councillors as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of a year it appears from this page on Wirral Council’s website that it has not yet done so for the 2016-17 year.

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Council (Wirral Council) 16th October 2017 Agenda item 11C Members Allowance Scheme

Earlier in the same public meeting, councillors heard from UNISON trade union representative Paddy Cleary who supported a Notice of Motion that called for the “immediate end of public sector pay restraint”.

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Responses

  1. People are struggling, perhaps you should all think about your greediness long and hard.

    • It’s up to the voters to choose who they want as councillors to represent them at election time.

      At the same public meeting, a councillor asked why (for a broadly similar amount of money for how much the increased allowances will cost) a council tax exemption for those leaving care (up to the age of 25) couldn’t be introduced in this year rather than from April 2018?

  2. G’day John

    Nice photo of “Ankles” you finally got the pig in focus.

    Ooroo

    James

    • I go to a wide shot when councillors vote by putting their hands up so people can see which way individual councillors voted.

      Hence why the resolution on the photo above isn’t as clear as it’s just a small part of a still from that video.

  3. They get a rise of more than i earn in a year

  4. Those Neapolitan Riviera holidays “non sono economico” as my Neapolitan relatives would say.

  5. That will be enough to get him to Sorrento and back.

    Possibly enough to bail him out of a cell should he end up in one.


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