51 on council take a pay cut

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COUNCILLORS have agreed to accept a 5 per cent pay cut, worth about £500.

But their allowances are index linked so they could get a rise in May in line with the national average increase in earnings.

Council workers have been told there will be no pay rise this year.

Calderdale Council’s total bill for allowances in 2009/10 was just over £700,000.

The 5 per cent cut will come into effect on April 1 and will mean all 51 councillors receiving a basic allowance of £9,931.

The council’s Liberal Democrat leader, Janet Battye will get an extra £29,794 and deputy leader Tim Swift an extra £14,897.

Five other cabinet members will get an extra £11,918.