‘No frills’ Tory council votes through massive pay hikes

The champagne’s on us: Tory Brian Coleman pockets more than £100,000 of public money

The Tory council which last year unveiled plans for an ‘easy council’ model in which residents would be charged extra for services has voted through massive pay increases – doubling the allowances received by cabinet members and increasing the allowances of the council leader by more than 50 per cent. Leader of Barnet council Lynne Hillan will now be able to claim up to £54,000 a year for the role, a rise of nearly £20,000 – on top of a £10,000 basic allowance.

Only one Tory councillor voted against the measures at Hendon town hall last night, Kate Salinger, who has been removed from all her committee posts by the Tory group, and stripped of all her duties. Under the new measures, cabinet allowances are up £17,000 to £34,000, while at the same time, opposition councillors will lose out, gaining minor allowance increases but losing their £500 travel expenses.

One of those to benefit from the doubling in cabinet allowances is Brian Coleman (pictured right), in charge of transport and the environment, who was already in receipt of more than £100,000 of taxpayers’ money.

Coleman is a member of the London Assembly, for which he was last year paid £52,910, and is chairman of the London Fire Board – which recently voted itself a 25 per cent pay rise – and for which Coleman is paid £26,833, all in addition to his wages from the council.

A Standard investigation last year put his total cost to the public purse at £104,503.50. Coleman claimed £2,275 travel expenses for eight months in his role as chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and also ran up a taxi bill of £8,231 in his position as Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, including a £656 bill on one day.

The pay increases come at a time of “austerity” and massive cuts in public services; indeed, only on Monday, local government minister Grant Shapps said:

“It is not justifiable for hikes in councillor allowances when public sector workers are facing a two-year pay freeze. We’re all in this together, and those who hold public office need to lead by example.”

Coleman, however, says:

“I think residents will be delighted at a sensible scheme within Barnet. The London Councils scheme recognises the work councillors of all parties do. We have to look at allowances every four years and have done what 20 other councils have done…

“The cabinet is getting nothing like its entitled to according to Sir Rodney Brook (report author). I will take the money I’m entitled to. No more, no less.”

44 Responses to “‘No frills’ Tory council votes through massive pay hikes”

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  10. Robert

    Nine labour councils in Wales gave its top people pay rises which averages 33.3% this year. They then told the workers in my area 900 jobs are to go due to an over spend. One top official stated he was worried about being head hunted, so needed to ensure he was being paid his worth and was given a rise of 16,000 add this to his bonus his earning are now in the 220,000 range, while a bin man gets 5.86.

    So before throwing stones make sure the green house has good quality bullet proof glass.

  11. Colin Waude

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  17. Don Lands

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  18. Niknam Hussain

    RT @HouseofTwits: RT @leftfootfwd 'No frills' Tory council votes through massive pay hikes: http://bit.ly/bZOceT How's this for "leadership"

  19. John Ruddy

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  20. UNISON East Midlands

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  21. Paul Evans

    My local council votes through massive pay hikes http://bit.ly/cAWVgA EasyCouncil?

  22. ListenDerry

    My local council votes through massive pay hikes http://bit.ly/cAWVgA EasyCouncil? via @Paul0Evans1

  23. Emma Bryn-Jones

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  24. Mr. Sensible

    Shamik, is this another one of ‘Cameron’s Councils’ to freeze council tax?

    Where’s the real waste in the public sector?

  25. Steve Wardell

    Tory council leads public sector cost cuts http://tinyurl.com/33vpkb5 – thieves get rich, saints get shot and God don't answer prayers a lot

  26. Liz McShane

    I heard Brian Coleman being interviewed on R4 yesterday. I couldn’t quite believe my ears at his out & out arrogance & sense of entitlement. Is he living in a parallel universe? he has definitely not subscribed to the Tories’ mantra of:”We are all in this together”….

  27. Mike

    worth every penny

    the so are teachers, nurses, police officers etc

    Pay Justice

    but dont forget

    “were all in this together”

  28. pam lorenz

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  29. Politics of UK

    How Barnet council cabinet members are sharing the economic pain. By raising allowances. #ukpolitics http://bit.ly/9JZJr4

  30. Lem

    I hope this article is missing something important, else it's enraging beyond belief. http://is.gd/dyDaW

  31. Ste

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  32. Cath Ronay

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  33. Barnet Bugle

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  34. Shamik Das

    @psbook He's a greedy, corrupt f¤&%er! http://is.gd/fexf1

  35. Shamik Das

    A reminder of why Brian Coleman's an odious little $**t: http://bit.ly/bZOceT

  36. Deborah Segalini

    RT @shamikdas: A reminder of why Brian Coleman's an odious little $**t: http://bit.ly/bZOceT

  37. Deborah Segalini

    This is the same council that will be cutting the education support workforce by 80% in April. That’s 80% of primary and secondary consultants – the people who help schools to improve their teaching of children.
    “Odious little sh*t” is putting it a little too mildly for me.

  38. Shamik Das

    RT @psbook: NEW –> Tories award council leader 40% pay rise while cutting services http://bit.ly/bis2cx – C also http://bit.ly/bZOceT

  39. Peter Campbell

    Cuts? What cuts? http://tinyurl.com/2cpn3p3 and http://tinyurl.com/33vpkb5 #sameoldTories H/T @shamikdas

  40. Political Scrapbook

    Tory councillors have form for awarding themselves pay hikes while slashing services. See this from @shamikdas: http://bit.ly/bOlNtg

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    […] Union, Hencke used his blog to expose the income of the chair of the London Fire Brigade, Brian Coleman, who he named “Britain’s highest paid […]

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