The 47 members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – including 18 so-called “Senior Councillors” are to receive no pay-rise this year – but there’s a strong hint that they will get a rise in 2017/18.
The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales – the body that sets councillors’ salaries across the country – says it has decided “not to increase remuneration in 2016/17″.
The panel says in its latest determination “Given the very modest relaxation in the constraints on public sector pay and also to prevent further erosion of the relative levels of remuneration , the Panel decided last year in view of the continuing severe constraints on local government resources not to increase remuneration in 2015/16. There has been no change in that situation in the current year and the Panel has decided not to increase remuneration in 2016/17.”
However the Panel does make an implicit promise of a forthcoming pay-rise for councillors in 2017/18. It says that this year’s pay standstill “will further compromise the alignment to median gross earnings in Wales that underpinned the basic salary set in 2009. This is a matter that the Panel intends to re-examine at an appropriate time in the future”.
The published report follows the recommendations which had been previously issued in draft form. The pay rates for 2016/17 are therefore held at current levels:-
- The Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – Cllr Neil Moore is paid £48,000 a year
- The newly promoted Deputy Leader of the council , Cllr Lis Burnett, is paid £33,500
- So called “Level 1 Executive Members” – i.e. members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling “cabinet” are paid £29,000. [ There are now only 5 members of the Vale of Glamorgan council “cabinet” following the resignation of Cllr Rob Curtis (who was convicted in 2015 of a charge of common assault) and the elevation of the former Deputy Leader Stuart Egan to become Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan 2016/17].
- The Level 1 Civic Salary paid to the Mayors is £24,000
- Should there be any “Level 2 Executive Members” they will be paid £26,100
- Level 1 Committee chairmen (“chairs” – in council parlance) will continue to be paid £22,000 with lower ranking Level 2 chairmen paid £20,000
- The Leader of the largest Opposition Group receives £22,000
- The Leaders of Other Political Groups are paid £17,000 each
- The basic salary paid to all Vale Councillors other than the above is £13,300 – with the exception of Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent, Sully ) . He refused the last pay rise awarded, took an extra pay cut out of the existing salary and is paid £800 p.a. below the basic £13,300 rate .
It remains to be seen whether Vale Councillors will follow the example of members of Conwy County Council which this month voted to cut its “cabinet” members salaries from £29,000 to £26,100.
Penarth Town Councillors do not receive salaries – but allowances are paid to the Leader, the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor.