Councillors to get £4k extra allowance

Published Wednesday, 19 March 2014
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Councillors in Northern Ireland will receive a £4,000-plus pay-rise as part of plans to structure local government, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced.

Councillors to get £4k extra allowance
Mark H Durkan announced the details on Wednesday. (© UTV)

The SDLP minister has finalised the remuneration and a scheme of allowances for councillors being elected in May.

In a written statement to the assembly, Mr Durkan detailed the scheme which includes special responsibility and carers' allowances as well as a basic allowance, which is being increased from the current rate of £9,835 to £14,200.

It was finalised following recommendations made by an independent panel and stakeholder consultation.

"Under local government reform, councillors will face significant changes," he said.

"To fairly compensate councillors for their increased roles and responsibilities, and the larger electorates they will represent, a councillors' basic allowance will be set at £14,200 per annum."

"I am also doubling the value of caring allowances that can be claimed to encourage increased participation by those with caring responsibilities.

"Travel and subsistence allowances will stay the same and decisions on special responsibility allowance payments for positions of responsibility, such as Chairs and Mayors, will remain at the discretion of the councils."

Elections to the 11 new councils will take place on 22 May 2014.

At this stage they will operate in shadow form until taking over from the current councils on 1 April next year.

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14 Comments
maggie in north west wrote (250 days ago):
Why !what good do they do.discussions about flags. and football. And they are in full time employment.Doctors. teachers and the psni do better.
culchy in the stix wrote (250 days ago):
@Sichened in Bekfast, given their wages, perks, bonuses and expenses, £4000 is about a 1% payrise for them.
Larry in Belfast wrote (251 days ago):
I don't see what all the fuss is about, there are thousands of people getting a lot more than that in allowances and benefits for doing absolutely nothing. If these councillors didn't have their private incomes they probably wouldn't be able to survive at all.
Brian in Belfast wrote (251 days ago):
It must be great getting a load of money for being useless. People who actually work don't get these perks.
Ady in Cookstown wrote (251 days ago):
Not a big pay packet to be honest,especially for some-one in the public eye and therefore in the "firing line" .
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