Despite a recommendation from an Independent Panel, Waverley Councillors will receive no increase in their allowances or expenses.
It’s grim having to live on £82,000 a year, says Sir Peter Bottomley, UK’s longest-serving MP
The Father of the House and MP for Worthing West says parliamentarians should have higher salaries linked to the amount paid to a professional, such as a GP. The WAVERLEY WEB understands that some of our Liberal Democrats and other councillors don’t even take the allowances and expenses they are entitled to receive.
Here is a table of increases the panel recommended:
Council Leader Paul Follows said in the light of the numerous Government tax increases imposed; he believed it would be:
“entirely improper to recommend raising members allowances.”
Therefore, due to the significant pressures on the council’s budgets, the Executive would recommend that there be no increase in councillors allowances to the Full Council. The situation will be reviewed again after the 2023 elections by an Independent Review Panel.
However, the WW is unsure whether the following recommendation by the IRP goes ahead?
The annual indexation of Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances in line with the percentage increase in staff salaries continues from 1 April 2022 for up to three years.
The recommendation for no increases was accepted unanimously by the Executive. Even though councillors, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the extra responsibilities and work programmes involved with the pandemic and the Climate change Emergency, have endured an unprecedented increased workload. Some councillors are now working full-time.