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BASIC COUNCILLOR SALARY 'ON THE LIGHT SIDE'

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Unhappy that we had to hear about this through the media was how Convention of Scottish Local Authorities president...
Unhappy that we had to hear about this through the media was how Convention of Scottish Local Authorities president Pat Watters reacted to publication of the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee report*.

Mr Watters said: 'Firstly can I say that frankly I am astonished that COSLA as the national organisation for local government should receive this report at 10.30am this morning and even then only after Scotland's media have had the opportunity to read it or indeed as some have done report the key findings.

'Clearly we are not looking for an inappropriate level of favour but it would have been a courtesy to at least give us advance warning of the proposals.

'I obviously need to study the report in detail but my first reaction is that, in terms of basic salary,£15,452 is very much on the light side for a full time, professional role.

'Councillors make a crucial contribution to political life in Scotland as the elected representatives at the local level. As such they deserve a fair and appropriate remuneration package.

'COSLA has always argued that this package should be linked to that of MSPs - both are democratically elected and have similar responsibilities in terms of responding to the needs of their constituents.

'As regards the severance payment there is no other walk of life where people can have years of valuable contribution to society and this not be recognised in the form of severance when they go.'

Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee report

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