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