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SALFORD MAYOR GOT £55K PARLIAMENT PAY OFF
 

Star date: 27th November 2012

IAN STEWART'S GOLDEN GOODBYE FROM PARLIAMENT

Last year, Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart got over £55,000 for a `resettlement grant' after he stood down as MP for Eccles. This comes on top of his annual MP's pension, estimated at between £15,000 and £22,500, and over £1000 a month rent collected from his part tax payer funded second home in London. As Salford Mayor, Stewart also picks up a £69,000 salary.

Wage cuts anyone?

Full details here…


Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, got a golden goodbye pay off from Parliament after he stood down from Parliament when Hazel Blears took over his Eccles seat.

The pay off, called a resettlement grant, is due to any MP who retires, gets de-selected or loses their seat in the House of Commons, and is based on length of service and age. Stewart, who is 62 and served 13 years as an MP before being de-selected by his local Labour Party, was entitled to 84% of his annual £65,738 MP's salary, producing a pay off of £55,219.92.

On top of the resettlement grant, Stewart gets an annual MP's pension, which Parliament does not disclose, even under the Freedom of Information Act, as it's administered by the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund, which, we are told, is "not part of the House of Commons and not a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act".

However, a Briefing paper on the subject, called Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (Standard Note SN 01844) does estimate the average MP pension at between £15,000 and £22,500.

It states "An MP serving the average term of office of 15 years, paying contributions at 11.9% of pensionable pay (and, therefore, accruing benefits at a rate of 1/40th) would accrue a pension of around £22,500 pa (about 1/3rd of an MP's pay)."

Stewart, with 13 years as an MP would, we think, be picking up close to this figure. However the paper adds… "The average pension in payment from the scheme is around £18,000 pa, including transfers in from other pension schemes and payments by MPs for `added years'. Therefore, the average pension being paid that has been financed by a contribution from the Exchequer is estimated to be around £15,000 pa."

Whatever the pension is, it's based on final salary, and will be what many Salfordians earn by continuing to work full time.

On top of the one off `resettlement grant' and the Parliamentary pension, Ian Stewart is also picking up further payments by renting out his London MP's home to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, who is paying £1,300 a month `accommodation costs'' (click here for previous Salford Star story).

Ian Stewart is also, of course, trousering a salary of £69,000 for being Mayor of Salford.

Ian Stewart hasn't broken any Parliamentary rules, so is all this relevant? We believe it is incredibly relevant…

1) The Mayor is currently in negotiations with trade unions over a new pay and grading structure for Salford City Council workers that would, according to the Council's own documents, see 58% of Salford Council staff lose money by 2017/18.


2) When Ian Stewart was battling former Salford Council Leader, John Merry, for the Mayoral nomination, Merry stated publicly that he wouldn't take an increased salary. That he would do the job for the same rate that he got for being Leader of the Council. Ian Stewart refused to do this, merely stating that he would accept the recommendations of an independent panel.


3) At the East Salford Community Committee meeting last week, when challenged about his Mayor's salary, Stewart cringingly told people to go check out their local doctor who is earning in excess of £100,000.
 

* See also Open Letter To Salford Mayor from Salford Star - click here
 

Ordsall V wrote
at 10:45:09 on 13 December 2012
Dear Mr Stewart, please can myself and my colleagues, who all earn under £19k a year working for the council, all have a 5% paycut to subsidise your salary? Because you are so worth it! Thanks
 
Tahir Chakotai wrote
at 18:31:53 on 02 December 2012
P.s. nicely said, Mr. T. Watt ;)
 
White wrote
at 16:12:03 on 27 November 2012
I should be apologising to Salford citizens. I was one of those who voted for there to be a mayor. I thought that we would get someone who cared about the city and its people and that we would get rid of the ruling clique led by Merry. Even when Stewart was elected I had ideas that he might enlist a cabinet of the best people for the job. instead what did we get, the old guard reinstated, some fatuously designated posts and a mayor who quite clearly was thinking of number one. Quite rankly I despair of what is going to happen in Salford.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:33:08 on 27 November 2012
Let's not be hasty, if we could pay him £55k to 'resettle' somewhere else, it would be good value for money
 
wrote
at 10:55:32 on 27 November 2012
Typical ploy-avoid the bus by chucking someone else in front of you. He is so positively cringemaking. Doesnt he get it? One doctor.. who takes the oath to do no harm... is worth a million double standard Mayor Stewarts. John Merry must be secretly rubbing his hands in glee.
 
Brianfkirkham wrote
at 10:54:53 on 27 November 2012
Hi there Star. Just had a thought on this, If people were so against this elected mayor - what were they on when they voted for him? Admittedly He's the first, but what were you expecting of Salford when the other parties are in a government tearing any investment out of the city (unless of course, you are in Peels Clique). Don't like it? You should have voted NO Very Loudly, but then again - you would still have Mr Merry (Please, Dont get me started) . As for Salaries - this should have been straightened out before any Referendae. It wasn't - and we've been left with the mess because of it. You could question the decision of the panel - as a council tax payer, but i suspect it won't get you far (BTW..Anglican Bish of Mcr Voting on Salford Mayors Salary ? Trouble for starters). Stop the squabbling, and as the unions said on one of their Marches, Show me an Alternative. I read with interest that one of the instigators of this system has run to the hills of sunny Golbourne (Wigan) on a road to Jericho to be nearer to those of his political persuasion. Don't think we'll see him again as his dreams of a utopia in Swinton were broken by the Electoral Commission.
 
T.WATT wrote
at 10:54:34 on 27 November 2012
NEW WORD FOR MAYOR GREEDY BASTAED - STUFF-POCKETS-AT-TAXPAYER-EXPENSE-ISATION .
 
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