City councillors – basic allowances

By on 29/08/2012 in Rebuttals

The following is the council’s response to a report from the Taxpayers’ Alliance on the issue of basic allowances paid to councillors, which has been widely covered by the media today:

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “In recognition of the tough economic climate, Birmingham councillors have had their basic allowance frozen for the last three years, and changes made by the new administration will cut the overall allowance bill for members by £70,000 in 2012/13.

“The recommended allowances for councillors are set by an independent remuneration panel, taking into account workload and responsibilities and it must always be remembered that Birmingham’s electoral wards are the largest in the UK, so the level that is set reflects this.

“Allowances are regularly monitored and are normally reviewed on a formal basis every 12 months.”

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