Nottinghamshire County Council defends pay increase for members

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Nottinghamshire County Council have defended the decision to increase councillors pay packets by 2.2 per cent.

The authority said the increase is the first it has had since 2009 and worked out on average the increase is justifiable.

This change will means leader of the council, Alan Rhodes, will get an extra £1,000 a year.

Criticism came from this decision from county councillor Jason Zadrozny, who said he did not think it was necessary.

The Lib Dem leader said: “I’m appalled - at a time when the Labour Council are talking about axing key services like care homes in Kirkby - they are claiming more money from the tax payer. They could have thrown this out but instead feathered their own nest.”

But the council said councillors turned down a once per cent pay increase last year.

A council spokesperson said: “In 2013/14, a pay award of one per cent was made to employees, which automatically generated a similar increase in members allowances. However, this increase was not accepted by any members and their allowances were duly frozen for a further year.

“A pay award of 2.2 per cent has been agreed nationally for all council workers.

“The increase will be automatically credited to all members allowances, unless individual members request otherwise.”

Residents can view members’ allowances are published at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk, every year.