Pay rise for Falkirk councillors

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

By Kirsty Paterson, LDR
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:40 pm
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The increase – which is decided independently for all Scottish counclllors – takes a councillor’s basic salary to £18,604 per year.

Councillors did, however, have to agree that the rise should also apply to the Provost’s allowance, taking it to £27,910. Councillors with extra responsibilities will now get £24,938, while opposition group leaders will get £20,905.

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.

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Council leader Cecil Meiklejohn, whose wage goes up to £37,213, 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​