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TWO THIRDS OF SALFORD LABOUR COUNCILLORS CASH IN ON PUBLIC OFFICE
 

Star date: 28th August 2013

MOST SALFORD RULING LABOUR COUNCILLORS CASHING IN ON EXTRA PAYMENTS

Almost two thirds of Salford's ruling Labour councillors cashed in on their roles, taking more than their basic councillor allowance of £10,080, according to Salford Council figures published for the last financial year.

Top earners, apart from City Mayor Ian Stewart with £62,694, were Deputy Mayor David Lancaster with £43,010, former Ceremonial Mayor Bernard Lea with £26,725, and Assistant Mayor John Merry with £24,967. Altogether, allowances and expenses totalled almost £1million.

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Cash strapped Salford Council paid almost two thirds of its ruling Labour councillors extra `allowances' on top of the basic councillor allowance of £10,080, according to official figures released by Salford Council this month for the last financial year, 2012-13.

The so-called `special' payments are for added responsibilities, and the figures show that 33 Labour councillors out of a total 52 received extra payments, with the majority picking up over £18,000, on top of whatever jobs they have outside the Council.

While City Mayor Ian Stewart picked up £62,694, Deputy Mayor David Lancaster £43,010, and former Ceremonial Mayor Bernard Lea £26,725, the other highest earners were the huge posse of `Assistant Mayors', `Strategic Assistant Mayors' and `Cross Departmental Assistant Mayors' all on various grades of wads.

Former Council Leader John Merry led the cash-in pack with £24,967, while five other Assistant Mayors trousered £23,091, and six more Assistant Mayors pocketed between £18,631 and £20,480.

Four Labour councillors without an Assistant Mayor title also raked in over £18,000, including councillors John Warmisham and Ray Mashiter. Others took extra payments between £4,884 and £763, for sitting as chairs of committees or as Council reps.

Deputy Mayor, David Lancaster picked up a `special' payment of £1,338 on top of his huge £41,672 `basic allowance', plus £38 expenses.

Only 19 of the total 52 Labour councillors received just the basic allowance of £10,080 and these included councillors Howard Balkind, Stephen Ord, Jim King and Michael and Peter Wheeler.

Meanwhile, kings and queens of the expenses claims were councillor Christine Hudson on £669, councillor John Warmisham on £555 and Assistant Mayor Roger Jones on £479.

On the tiny opposition bench, the Conservative Garridos, Karen and Robin, received £8,133 `special' payments each giving them a joint take home tally of £36,426.

Altogether, Salford Council paid out £266,491 in `special' payments to councillors, making a total of £967,326 in allowances and `specials' - plus £3,902 in expenses.

* figures are based on councillors who served most of their term of office during the financial year 2012-13.

* for full list of councillors' expenses and allowances - click here

 

wrote
at 19:03:09 on 19 February 2016
It was sad to hear Karen Garrido stand down as opposition leader. We can learn from hard times in her life. We read her husband Robin bounces back in seeking to manage Salford as its Mayor. Garrido harder times were written in the MEN:- "As leader in the mid 1990s, she was forced to quit as a councillor for three years after the estate agents business she and her husband Robin ran went under and she was made bankrupt". http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/karen-garrido-steps-down-leader-9240317
 
Mike Perry wrote
at 19:22:14 on 18 October 2013
There is an old saying that the electors get the representatives that they deserve. If the people from the community stood as independents, and the community turned out to support them, then you could get rid of these self-serving leeches. I do not know the exact figures for Salford, but here in St. Helens it is around 30% turnout across the borough, which means 7 out of every 10 do not bother to turn out to vote. You cannot complain if you are one of these.
 
tt wrote
at 14:13:23 on 04 September 2013
Avaricious , greedy scum
 
James Walsh wrote
at 19:54:34 on 03 September 2013
Sounds like the politicians of Salford could refurbish the docks cranes between them if they all had a whip round :) Time to get the flat cap out :)
 
wrote
at 17:00:07 on 29 August 2013
A good days work would see half off them off-have you seen the size of some of them? They would shit themselves if they had to do a days graft like their constituents. As from John Warmisham-king of kidology-when he isnt pretending hes got a real job, youll either find him watching football, in the pubs in Manchester and Todmorden or off on his jaunts with his kith and kin...as for Cllr Ronnie Wilson-has anyone ever tried to hold a conversation with him-he can hardly put a decent sentence together without the help of hypocritical she who must be obeyed. Sickening that we are funding a nice little pension pot for these greedy useless clingons. Just wondering which cllrs relative is going to be shoehorned into Tom Murphys vacant seat. Rant over
 
wrote
at 14:25:28 on 29 August 2013
Ah, but Peter Wheeler lives with Cllr Sue Pugh,and for the minute Mike has a real day job (maybe until he gets on the NEC like Peter-perhaps he gets expenses from them)-looks like its a family affair this Councillor business,
 
wrote
at 14:13:39 on 29 August 2013
Remember this when the Greedy Bastards are grovelling for our votes , People .
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 09:43:35 on 29 August 2013
1Million £s for the upkeep of the mayor and friends/ Same for the many councillors/ Same to prop up the Lowery/ same for the light Orchestra/Same for Peel Holdings / Millions of pounds going every which way . Nothing for all the worthy needs of the genuine Salford Social cases/.When are they ever going to do something that is beneficial to the Salford Tax Payers who put these millions at their disposal.Here in Weaste we cannot even get the place cleaned when people complain they council say its the government cuts .It doesent seem to affect them and the Fat Cats.Its a case of Carry on regardless.
 
Rodger aka congestion cunt, caused me 2 loose me job wrote
at 09:43:29 on 29 August 2013
I's a good job that Assistant Mayor Roger Jones didn't get his congestion charge proposal put in place, because then the greedy bastard would be claiming that on expences as well, whilst the rest of Irlam & Cadishead would suffer from a tax on going to work... But hey ho Rodge, that would be fine to screw all the Irlam people that voted for you wouldn't it? .. .. .. P.S Newcomers to this site, please do not expect a Reply from Jonas Jones as Salford Labour cllrs don't like to enter into debate about policy....... Just shut up and do as you are told.
 
jeffrey smith wrote
at 16:47:19 on 28 August 2013
thats nothing new They been doing it for years Only one interest for them MONEY MONEY MONEY Sinse the bbc came to salford they got a bit giddy rubbing shoulders with the southerners
 
Irwellist wrote
at 16:47:15 on 28 August 2013
The problem is that the job of Local Councillor is not considered to be a professional position, unlike that of MP. It is a 'voluntary' role. So, they tend to feel that they do a good job and don't get paid enough for it. In that case - don't fucking volunteer!! And lets not forget that even as a voluntary position, they only work part time. A lot of people I know who work part time don't ever come out with ten grand a year. Most of them come home with six or seven. So, again, you greedy bastards, don't pretend you are serving the community. You are serving yourselves and that is what is wrong with the entire political system.
 
margaret tunnacliffe wrote
at 13:16:32 on 28 August 2013
If this wasn't happening then Places like The Grange,Mental Health and Drop-In Centres would have no need to have CUTS made against them.When are you going to think off the most vulnerable instead of lining your own pockets.I guess NEVER!
 
alan tunnacliffe wrote
at 13:16:20 on 28 August 2013
these fiddling gets should be held to account so that services that really need cash injections ie grange and other mental health departments dont keep getting fobbed of with the same we have to make savings bullshit
 
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