Councillors’ pay rise vote

COUNCILLORS will vote next week on whether or not to award themselves a one per cent pay rise. 

An independent panel has recommended a one per cent increase in the basic allowance of Kirklees’ 69 councillors.

If approved, the rise – worth £129 a year for each councillor – will cost taxpayers an extra £8,901 per year.

Last year, 59 of the 60 councillors who were present agreed a 3.2 per cent rise following seven years of pay freezes.

They will receive £13,099 a year if the latest rise is approved.

The nine members of the cabinet are paid significantly more than that figure for their roles.

Council leader David Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike) receives an additional £25,155, bringing his total pay to £38,254.

His deputy Coun Shabir Pandor (Lab, Batley West) receives £18,866 on top of his basic allowance, bringing his total pay to almost £32,000.

The seven remaining Labour cabinet members get an extra £12,274, bringing their total pay to just over £25,000.

The vote will take place at a full council meeting on Wednesday evening.

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