Scottish local government minister Calum MacDonald has said that salaried councillors could be the lynchpin of new ...
Scottish local government minister Calum MacDonald has said that salaried councillors could be the lynchpin of new government initiatives to get more and better people involved in local government, reported Scotland on Sunday (p1).
He said: 'Obviously, if you are calling on volunteers to do what is essentially a full-time job, inevitably you end up with disproportionate number of retired or unemployed people who are available to become councillors.
'We need to draw from the widest possible talent pool and that includes people who are successful in all walks of life.'
However, Daphne Sleigh, the Scottish Tories' local government spokeswoman, said: 'People who have been reading how much councillors receive in expenses will be amazed at this. The fact is that Labour councillors are the most unprofessional and they claim large expenses.'