3% pay rise for Somerset County Councillors attacked
Highbridge councillor has this week criticised Somerset county
councillors for giving themselves a 3% pay rise.
£371 increase to the basic annual allowance was voted through
on Wednesday (July 17th) and was accepted by councillors.
rise brings their basic allowance to £10,251 a year, before
any extra money for chairing committees and other responsibilities
is accounted for.
district councillor Helen Groves told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's
disgraceful that this has gone ahead when the average wage for
people in Somerset is just £18,000 and at a time when salary
increases for most people have been frozen for several years."
county council's own staff numbers have been cut to the bone -
they can't expect more than a 1% pay rise this year - so it just
isn't right that this is going ahead."
added that Lib Dem county councillors had voted against the pay
increase despite a recommendation from an independent panel stating
the rise is due.
this year, Somerset County Council announced that with an overall
settlement of £336m for 2013-14 compared to £360m
for the previous year, savings of £24m would be needed to
balance the books. County
councillors also agreed to freeze council tax for a fourth year
running and draw on £5.6m of reserves to help offset a £23m
fall in revenue.