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Bradford councillors claim £1.8 million, a fall of £20,000
A total of £1.8 million was paid out in allowances and expenses to Bradford’s 90 councillors last year, a drop of around £20,000 on the previous year.
Members are entitled to claim a basic “wage” which recognises the time the job entails. In addition they can make limited claims for travel, accommodation and meals on Council business.
Some councillors – such as group leaders and those on the decision-making executive – receive a special responsibility allowance.
It is the first time the bill has reduced in recent years, and is partly down to the scrapping of a special responsibility allowance part way through the year. It followed a review which recommended in December that a special allowance of more than £12,000 a year paid to the chairman of the miscellaneous licenses panel be removed.
The ad hoc panel determines applications for village greens, sex shops and lap dancing clubs and had only met once in the previous 18 months.
In addition the amount claimed for mileage has actually fallen by £8,000 on the previous year.
The statement of earnings, which is published annually, shows that from April, 2011 to March, 2012, a total of £1,803,348 was claimed, with the basic amount for every councillor remaining frozen at £13,042.
During this period there were 35 councillors who claimed more than £20,000 each. Of these, eight took more than £30,000, and one councillor claimed £50,000.
The highest earner was Ian Greenwood, who represented Little Horton for Labour until May. As leader of the Council he was paid £50,471. This included a special responsibility allowance of £35,899. The second-highest was Councillor Glen Miller (Con, Worth Valley), who as leader of the Tory group from May, 2011, claimed £39,759.
A total of £20,409 was claimed in mileage, £1,652 for trains, £770 for taxis and buses, £551 for hotels, £228 for parking, and £73 for subsistence.
The allowances are expected to reduce this financial year, after changes were voted through in July that save £100,000 a year. Despite these cuts the Council agreed last month to find an extra £35,000 to cover the allowances of the three Bradford councillors who will sit on the new policing panel after elections for a commissioner on November 15.