Councillors were called last night to vote on a proposed increase to payments of Special Responsibility Allowances.
Currently, members of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council receive a Basic Allowance of £14,200. Special Responsibility Allowances are paid on top of this to members who hold positions which result in them having extra responsibilities. Information available on council’s website, detailing the current allowances shows that:
- £7,000 is paid to the Mayor
- £4,000 is paid to the Deputy Mayor
- £3,000 is paid to Committee Chairs
- £1,000 is paid to Partnership Panel Representatives
- £750 is paid to members of the Audit Committee
- £150 is paid to the Vice Chair of the Audit Committee
The proposed increases had been discussed at a meeting of the Corporate Policy & Resources Committee last week. These included raising the Mayor’s Allowance to £12,000 and the Deputy Mayor’s by £1,000.
Also proposed was a pay increase of £1,200 for members of the Planning Committee.
The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Planning Committee Members declared interest on this matter and refrained from speaking or taking part in the vote.
The DUP’s Councillor George Duddy proposed that Council does not increase any allowances for the remainder of this Council’s term, however this proposal was defeated by a vote of 6 for and 10 against.
Council then voted on whether they would accept the proposed increase to allowances. This passed by a vote of 8 for and 6 against