No pay rise for Liverpool councillors

Pay for Liverpool city councillors is to remain frozen for a third consecutive year.

Since 2022, recommendations have been made to the local authority to increase pay for elected members. An independent panel last year had encouraged the 85 councillors should receive a 5% bump in pay annually.

Having been turned down, members are expected to endorse a plan next week to hold their allowances at the current rate for a third successive year.

A panel independent of the local authority recommended last year members of Liverpool Council be given an uplift in their allowances, from £10,590 to £11,119. This had been suggested in line with a raise given to local authority officers.

As with 2022, when councillors rejected an increase of 1.75%, the proposed pay rise was subsequently rejected with representatives seeking further information on the future of parking permits and if they should be included within members’ allowances. It is not known if a decision has been reached given the retirement of the independent panel chair and turnover of staff.

Documents made available ahead of the city council’s full meeting next week have confirmed there are no plans for changes to be made to pay for the next municipal year.

As a result, the basic rate will remain at £10,590 for all members. As leader of the council, Cllr Liam Robinson is proposed to continue to receive an additional special responsibility allowance (SRA) of £42,100.

His statutory deputy, Cllr Ruth Bennett is paid an extra £16,014 for her role. Cllr Carl Cashman, as leader of the largest opposition group, is awarded a further £11,341 SRA.

Cabinet members earn £13,269 on top of their existing allowance for performing their duties.

The rates of pay for leading members were changed following the scrapping of the Mayoral model last May. The previous incumbent, Joanne Anderson, received a salary of £83,539.

A fresh report with a revised members allowance scheme is expected to be presented to the annual council meeting in May next year. The allowances are anticipated to be approved when the authority meets at Liverpool Town Hall next Wednesday.

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