Friday, 10 January 2014

Councillor salary increase refused

Earlier this week, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation amending the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (remuneration) regulations 2007.  This confirms that Councillors have been awarded a 1% pay rise for 2013/14 and a further 1% for 2014/15.  The new legislation comes into effect on 18th February 2014.

I have advised the City Council’s Director of Corporate Services that I will refuse the increase in salary and I have asked for the money to be used to benefit Dundee good causes, just as I did with the previous councillor salary increase in 2009.

Having refused the councillor salary increase in 2009, I have maintained this stance every year thereafter.  Additionally, I never claim expenses - and have not done so throughout my 13 years on the City Council.

I will continue throughout the current council term to refuse any increase in councillor salary, accepting pre-2009 salary levels, and, as long as I am a member of Dundee City Council, I will never claim expenses of any kind.

I am privileged to serve the people of the West End on Dundee City Council.   It is not about remuneration - it is about getting things done for the people of the West End.