Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Executive Backs Salaries for Councillors

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Executive Backs Salaries for Councillors

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Scottish backbench councillors are to be paid a basic salary of £15,452 a year - but leaders will receive less than that recommended by an independent committee.

Finance Minister Tom McCabe's decision on the basic salary is in line with the findings of the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee, set up by the Executive to investigate pay and allowances for councillors.

However, McCabe has reduced the figures for council leaders. They will receive up to £46,357 in the biggest councils, including Glasgow and Edinburgh. This is about £4,000 less than the figure recommended by the committee, which was headed by former health board and development agency chair Ian Livingstone.

Severance payments, aimed at encouraging older councillors to make way for younger candidates, will be set at a maximum of £20,000, £10,000 less than the recommended figure. …

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