Falkirk councillors get 4.2% pay rise

Councillors in Falkirk will get a 4.2 per cent pay increase for this year.

By Kirsty Paterson, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:35 pm

The increase - which is decided independently for all Scottish councilllors - takes a councillor's basic salary to £18,604 per year.

The pay rise applies automatically to the role of council leader, taking this wage up to £37,213.

Councillors did, however, have to agree that the rise should also apply to the Provost's allowance, taking it to £27,910.

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Falkirk Council Municipal Buildings.

Councillors with extra responsibilities will now get £24,938, while opposition group leaders will get £20,905.

Councillors also agreed that the increase to senior councillor payments will be applied automatically from now on.

Labour Group leader Robert Bissett argued that this change should come to the council every year and "be in full view" but this was defeated after a vote.

Council leader Cecil Meiklejohn said: "This rise is automatic and the funding does not affect frontline services."

While councillors can't refuse the rise, some donate it to charity.

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