Wakefield councillors approve 2.2 per cent rise in allowances

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Councillors in Wakefield have approved a 2.2 per cent rise in their own allowances.

Basic allowances will increase from £11,095 to £11,339 and the leader’s allowance will go up from £33,854 to £34,598.

The deputy leader’s allowance will now be £18,099 from £17,709.

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Wakefield Council approved the rise recommended by its Independent Remuneration Panel at a meeting at the city’s County Hall today (Wednesday).

The increase will be backdated to July 1.

Ian Brown, chairman of the panel, presented a report detailing the group’s recommendations to the meeting.

He said: “Our recommendations are that councillors are given the same pay award as officers - a 2.2 per cent rise.

“What I would stress is that the recommendations are just that. It is up to the council to approve them.”

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Councillors voted in support of the recommendations without debate.

The rise will also see cabinet members’ allowances rise from £13,299 to 13,592 and deputy portfolio holders will rise from £5,050 to £5,161.

Chairmen and women of the council’s overview and scrutiny committees and the planning and highways committee allowances will increase from £8,890 to £9,085.

The opposition leader’s allowance will be £6,868 - up from £6,721 last year.

The mayor allowance will rise from £14,744 to £15,068 and the deputy mayor will increase from £5,788 to £5,915.