Pay rise debate

Photo Ian Robinson'Preston landmarks'County Hall
Photo Ian Robinson'Preston landmarks'County Hall

County councillors are set to receive a £200 pay rise.

A full council meeting today was set to discuss proposals to give councillors a basic allowance of £10,362 for the period between April 1 and March 31 next year.

That is an increase on the current allowance of £10,139.

Lancashire County Council will also pay a total of £352,052 in special responsibility allowances to senior councillors if the plans are approved.

Council leader, currently County Coun Jennifer Mein, will receive a special responsibility allowance of £29,590, compared to £28,953 last year.

The deputy leader will receive £20,713 (currently £20,267).

Six members of the cabinet will receive £16,274, 
compared to £15,924 currently.

Five lead members, with special portfolios of responsibility, will receive £8,137, while the chairmen of 
various committees on the authority will receive 
between £2,959 and 
£8,877.

A report to councillors said the allowances have been “uprated in accordance with employee pay settlement of 2.2 per cent.”

The proposals also set out how much councillors 
can claim for travel in their own vehicles on council business.

Councillors in cars and vans can claim 45p per mile up to 10,000 miles and 25p per mile after that.

The issue will be debated at County Hall, Preston, from 1.30pm.