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ALLOWANCE INCREASES FOR BLACKPOOL COUNCILLORS

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An independent review panel recommends pay rises for Blackpool councillors in recognition of the move towards unita...
An independent review panel recommends pay rises for Blackpool councillors in recognition of the move towards unitary authority status.

Blackpool is currently a shire district council with a net revenue budget of£20m and employing about 1,200 staff. As a unitary authority it will employ about 4,000 people and have a net revenue budget of£110m.

The panel decided that allowances should be set using a local benchmark - the average gross weekly earnings of non-manual adult workers in the Blackpool area which is£57.98 per day.

Attendance allowances are recommended to drop to£11.60, from£17.55 and the basic allowance be set at£2,316 per member per year.

Special responsibility allowances are recommended to range from£4,638 for a council leader down to£462 for the vice chair of a sub committee.

The panel also recommends that the allowance include a detailed list of bodies and mettings for which the attendance allowance would not be payable.

The scheme would cost about£176,000 a year - which is half of allowance schemes being adopted by other unitary councils.

The proposals will go before the council's policy and resources committee on October 8.

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