Plan revealed for 8.5 per cent hike in West Norfolk councillors’ allowances

West Norfolk Council's offices (left)

West Norfolk Council's offices (left)

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Proposals to increase West Norfolk Council members’ allowances by more than eight per cent will be debated next week.

Members could see a 8.58 per cent increase in their basic allowances if the plans are approved, though council workers are only set to receive a one per cent rise.

Members’ basic allowances is currently £5,140 per year, but plans to go before the council’s resources and performance panel on Tuesday could see this raised to £5,581.

The new leader of the council, who will take over from Nick Daubney in May, will see the allowance for that position rise from £14,760 to £15,345.

The mayor’s allowance will remain frozen at £5,800 but the leader of the largest opposition party’s payment could rise from £680 to £767.

It is also proposed that in future members allowances be linked to staff pay awards.

If approved, the increase in staff pay will be implemented from April 1.

Workers have received a one per cent payrise over the last three years, though an extra 0.5 per cent was given to workers on less than £21,000 last year.

Officers’ report to Tuesday’s meeting, which will take place in the council offices, said: “The authority has continued to demonstrate pay restraint for staff over the past seven years in accordance with the Government’s general policy on public sector pay.”