CLARIFICATION: We have been requested to make clear that there was no option for a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ vote to a pay rise for this Executive Board agenda item. Councillors were not presented with such an option, with the recommendations approved being:
3.1 To note the determinations made by the Independent Remuneration Panel and
to report them to Council on 26 March 2014.
3.2 To consider the discretion that Authorities have with regard to the payment of a
Civic Salary, and to make a recommendation to Council.
3.3. To recommend the restriction of the payments made to a Co-opted Member to a
maximum of ten days in a year.
3.4. To note the reference made to a supplementary report being issued with regard
to Family Absence.
The full report can be found on the Council’s website by clicking here.
We would be interested to hear from anyone who has had their Councillor respond to them saying they have no option aside from to accept a pay rise – you can get in touch with us via this web form.
Original report below, originally entitled ‘Wrexham Councillors Vote To Give Themselves Pay Rise’….
Today after no questions and zero debate Councillors voted to give themselves a pay rise.
The report was presented to the Executive Board with corrections of some data, as one element mentioned the Deputy Leader was due to have a 7% pay rise rather than just-under-1% rise for everyone else.
We noted the following during our live tweeting of the meeting:
After the presentation of the report the meeting was opened up for questions from Councillors, which had none forthcoming.
Councillor Joan Lowe was specific to say she was making a comment not a question, and requested that public copies of the report are amended to show that not all members of the Executive Board get an enhanced allowance: “I am going to ask accurate information is put there about Executive Board members, as for this council it is not true.
“The three on this side just get their basic allowance. It is unfair , and the public should know the truth”.
Cllr Malcom King replied: “She is absolutely correct and we will make that change”.
The Chair of the meeting asked “Any questions? No.”
The pay rise was then voted on, and passed unanimously.
Last week we asked all Councillors if they intend to keep the pay rise, or like some have before, donate it to charity – you can see the result of that survey here.
This Wrexham.com forum thread is carrying the debate, and we believe it is the one referred to in the Council Chamber this afternoon – click here to read and take part.
Our live tweets for this section of the meeting are archived below: