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West Suffolk councillors to earn more than Forest Heath members




West Suffolk House. (7255942)
West Suffolk House. (7255942)

Newly elected district councillors are set to earn hundreds of pounds more than their predecessors after a review into allowances.

West Suffolk members will be paid £763 more than Forest Heath councillors –bringing their basic salary up to £5,900.

In addition to the increased basic rate, the leader of the single council will be paid £5,168 more, with an allowance of £14,750.

Cabinet members will be paid £7,375, and the chairmen of planning, and overview and scrutiny committees pocketing £5,310 in addition to their basic wage.

If shadow council and Forest Heath leader James Waters becomes leader of the single West Suffolk Council his allowance will be £14,750
If shadow council and Forest Heath leader James Waters becomes leader of the single West Suffolk Council his allowance will be £14,750

The council is not involved in setting members’ allowances with an independent body recommending rates – but councillors have to approve the rises tomorrow.

Because of the drop in the number of members, West Suffolk will save £30,500 compared to current rates with the cost per taxpayer remaining roughly the same.

Richard Cooper, chairman of the Independent Remuneration Panel, said: “After looking at the evidence we believe that the total allowances should cost less than the original combined budget.”

He added: “We believe our recommendations represent good value for money for West Suffolk.”



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