£579,400 basic bill for Mid and East Antrim councillors next year
Thursday, 9 March 2017
MID and East Antrim councillors will collectively receive £579,400 in basic allowances for their services next year, before some special responsibility payments are added on, the Guardian can reveal this week.
The figures were contained in a document presented to the monthly meeting of the council at the Braid Town Hall in Ballymena last night (Monday).
Each of the 40 councillors will receive an annual basic allowance of £14,485 from April 1.
A spokesperson for the Department for Comunities said: "It is for each council to decide on the level of councillors' allowances payable within maximum limits set by the Department for Communities.
“The Department has increased the maximum limit for councillors' basic and special allowances by 1% from April 1, 2017, in line with the increase in officers' rates as advised by the Northern Ireland Joint Council for Local Government Services.
“This increase does not apply to any other allowances."
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim will also receive an allowance of £612 per month and the Deputy Mayor, £510 per month, bring their total annual allowances up to £21,805 and £20,605 respectively.
The Mayoral allowances help to pay for the costs of hosting civic receptions and gifts to visiting VIPs.
Each of Mid and East Antrim's six committee chairs gets an additional £408 per month with the vice-chair getting £357 a month, a total of £55,080 across the year.
The total annual bill for basic allowances, special responsibility and mayoral allowances in Mid and East Antrim is £647,920.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.
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