May 23 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The basic allowance paid to Redbridge councillors is above the London average, it has emerged.
Councillors are paid a minimum £10,138 annually, compared to an average of £9,558 across 32 London boroughs.
The amount can rise substantially with extra responsibilities like chairing committees.
Council leader Cllr Keith Prince said most councillors are “very good value” for Redbridge residents.
He added: “At the beginning of the administration we cut 10 per cent out of the money spent on special responsibility allowance and cut a million from senior officers’ pay.
“It’s not very pleasant to be a councillor at the moment. We are having to make some very difficult decisions and they aren’t ones we are pleased to be making.
“The job has changed and I don’t know how many people would be queuing up to do the job councillors do for what they get paid for it.”
Campaign group the Taxpayers’ Alliance compared the basic allowances paid at every local authority in the county in their latest report.
Political director Jonathan Isaby said: “At a time when councillors are having to make savings across the board, their own allowances should not be immune from cuts and it is worth noting that some councils have indeed reduced the bill over the last couple of years.”