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East Staffordshire: How much councillors have earned breakdown

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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

The borough 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 £4,539.96 for their work representing their part of East Staffordshire.

However, some councillors earned more than the basic amount through special allowances and travel and subsistence payments.

The councillor collecting the highest figure during the past 12 months was Richard Grosvenor.

He received a total of £22,093.91, which was made up of his basic allowance, a special allowance of £17,539.95 and training expenses of £14.

Additional cash paid on behalf of councillor Grosvenor in terms of national insurance saw the combined figure hit £28,598.04

Councillor Grosvenor, who represents Branston ward, was handed the extra cash for the additional work he took on in his role as leader of the borough council.

He has since left that role and been replaced by Julian Mott, leader of the Labour group.

He was the next highest claimant with £14,647.56 paid to him directly and £18,811.33 in total.

Next highest was Bernard Peters, who represents Brizlincote ward, who was paid £13,591.26 as a result of his extra responsibilities and cost taxpayers a total of £17,447.34

Julia Jessel, former deputy council leader, was paid £13,513.12 for her work at the council and cost taxpayers a total of £14,332.62.

Patricia Ackroyd was the next top earner at £12,852.32 and cost the taxpayer £13,819.96 in total.

The authority revealed that councillors cost the taxpayer £287,971.11 in total during the past 12 months, a figure that is made up of both direct payments and payments on behalf of councillors.

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  • mattlong  |  July 31 2014, 9:53AM

    Of course councillors quire rightly should be reimbursed for the invaluable work which they do for East Staffordshire. This being said I'm sure the public would be shocked to know how many of them simply don't turn up to meetings or even have the courtesy to send in their apologies for absence. I sense that once elected many of them see it as their automatic right to be re-selected by their parties. Every single one of them from all political parties should be re-interviewed by their own parties before 2015 and held to account. There are some fabulous hard working councillors but believe me there is lots of dead wood too.

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