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Breakdown of how much councillors have earned

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

South Derbyshire District Council councillors..Bob Wheeler

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DETAILS of how much councillors received for representing the people of South Derbyshire during the past year have been revealed.

South Derbyshire District Council has published a breakdown of member allowances for the financial year ending March 31.

The detailed list shows how councillors from across the district were handed a basic allowance of £6,034.42 for their work in representing their part of South Derbyshire.

They are also handed a telephone allowance of £300.

However, some councillors earn more than the basic amount through a special responsibility allowance and travel and subsistence payments.

The councillor collecting the highest remuneration during the past 12 months was Bob Wheeler.

He received a total of £25,961.34, which was made up of £18,096.42 special responsibility allowance and £1,530.50 for travel and subsistence on top of his basic and telephone payments.

Councillor Wheeler, who represents the Linton ward on the authority, was handed the extra cash for the extra work he takes on in his role as leader of South Derbyshire District Council.

The next highest claimant was John Harrison, who represents the Melbourne area.

He claimed £16,995.55 for his work as deputy leader and being chairman of the audit and standards committees.

Councillor John Lemmon claimed £16,681.84 for his extra responsibilities and for his work in the Etwall area.

Amy Plenderlieth claimed £16,153.49, Peter Watson £16,183.59, Martyn Ford £15,970.24, Kevin Richards £15,430.29 and Ann Hood £13,818.42 in total, including cash for special responsibilities.

Others to claim cash from the special responsibility allowance were Neil Atkin, Lisa Brown, J Hewlett, Pat Murray, Andy Roberts, Peter Smith, Trevor Southerd, Michael Stanton and Anne Watson.

A total of 19 councillors claimed for some kind of travel or subsistence during the past 12 months while representing the South Derbyshire community.

The two highest claimants in terms of this were Councillor Wheeler and Councillor Lemmon.

A full list of allowances can be found on Page 33 of the Mail today.

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