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County councillors to discuss 17 per cent salary increase

25 May 2022 3 minute read
Powys County Hall in Llandrindod

Elgan Hearn, local democracy reporter

Powys County Councillors are set to be given a 17 per cent salary increase.

In February,  the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW)  which decides councillors’ pay said that the basic salary for all councillors in Wales will go up from £14,368 to £16,800.

The decision to increase councillors pay comes into force after the local elections.

The report will be discussed at the council’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 26 May.

But debate and a decision will only be on how many senior salaries the council will pay as well as allowing the remuneration details to be made public.

Powys is allowed to pay up to 18 senior salaries but chooses to allocate 17 salaries.

These senior positions are council leader, cabinet members, committee chairmen as well as leader of the opposition.

Head of finance, Jane Thomas said: “The IRPW have determined that the basic salary level for Members of principal local authorities will be uplifted by £2,432 per annum from

“The annual basic salary of £16,800 must be paid to all councillors.

Basic salary

Ms Thomas explains that councillors can “forego” part of the whole of their basic salary if they notify her in writing.

This year, the IRPW have pushed the payments up so that they: “rectify the imbalance between the basic salary of councillors and the average salaries of their constituents.”

The reason the IRPW try and set a fair salary for councillors is in the hope that councillors can be found from all backgrounds including younger candidates who may also work full time.

The senior salaries paid to council leaders and member of their cabinet has also shot up.,

In their report the IRPW believe that council leaders should receive a salary “at or above” a back bench member of Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament and being in the cabinet should be seen as a “full time job.”

In Powys – the council leader can now receive £56,700  an increase from last year’s £49,974.

Deputy leader can receive up to £39,690 an increase from last year’s £35,320.

Cabinet members can receive up to £34,020 an increase from last year’s £30,773.

Committee chairmen can receive up to £25,593 an increase from last year’s £23,161.

Leader of the biggest opposition group can receive up to £25,593 an increase from last year’s £18,108.

The council chairman’s salary goes up to £25,593 an increase from last year’s £23,161.

The council’s vice-chairman’s salary goes up to £20,540 an increase from last year’s £18,108.

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Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 year ago

Considering what Powys is like and the fact that the councillors get calls at all hours about all sorts of stuff the recompense seems reasonable but only just.

Best to add that neither I nor any family are councillors.

Last edited 1 year ago by Kerry Davies
Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 year ago

I have nothing against a pay rise but 17%, when average wage rises are not keeping up with inflation? Undoubtedly, many of these councillors (if not all) have second jobs, so does it really need to be 17% and would the extra money be better spent elsewhere in this time of struggle?

1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

New councillors will adjust quickly to getting their snouts into a trough just like their more experienced colleagues and those who have climbed the greasy pole of politics into Y Senedd and that place in London.

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