Local residents have been left in disbelief after Labour Councillors railroaded through proposals to give a massive pay hike to the City Mayor and his Deputy.
At the July Full Council meeting, plans were approved to pay the new City Mayor a massive £69000, and his Deputy almost £45000 - increases of 80% compared to the allowances paid for the previous leader and Deputy Leader.
Conservative Councillors voted to oppose the rise but all Labour Councillors voted to support the huge pay hike. One senior Labour figure and Assistant Mayor went even further, arguing that Councillors too were underpaid!
Councillor Iain Lindley said:
“Local residents work hard to pay their Council Tax bills. It is obscene that at a time when difficult decisions are being made that Labour’s priority is for a massive rise in allowances”
Conservative Group Leader, Councillor Karen Garrido, said:
"To people out there struggling, it looks excessive - we're talking about two people getting £113,850. That is wrong"