DESPITE cash-strapped Solihull Council's on-going efforts to save money, councillors are one step closer to pocketing a combined allowance increase of £40,000 a year.
At the cross-party governance committee meeting on Monday, members unanimously agreed to follow recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to boost their allowances.
It means councillors will get an extra £500 a year bringing them to £7,500 per annum. Those with additional responsibilities will receive more with council leader Ken Meeson in line for a £4,500 increase putting his annual retainer at £18,750.
However, compared with IRP recommended rates, payments to councillors are considerably lower than many other metropolitan borough councils.