Councillors to be asked to approve 16 per cent rise in allowance for town mayor because of increased travelling expenses

16:51 05 March 2014

2013/14: Mayor making ceremony at Wisbech.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Michael Hill, Mayor Samantha Hoy and Mayors Chaplain Father Paul West. Cllr Hill is expected to become the new mayor.

2013/14: Mayor making ceremony at Wisbech. Deputy Mayor Cllr Michael Hill, Mayor Samantha Hoy and Mayors Chaplain Father Paul West. Cllr Hill is expected to become the new mayor.

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The next mayor of Wisbech can expect a 16 per cent increase in his allowance if councillors agree the new deal on Monday.

The town council will be asked to approve the £500 a year rise to take the mayoral allowance to £3,600.

An agenda item for Monday’s meeting asks members “to consider that the mayoral allowance be increased by £500 to take into account increased travelling expenses”.

The council will also be asked to “consider” providing the deputy mayor with a car allowance of 45p per mile for journeys beyond a seven mile radius of the town.

Acting town clerk Susanah Farmer said the allowance for the town mayor had last been increased in 2011.

Councillors will also hear a report from Monday’s staffing and policy committee which considered her report for extra help.

The council has been without a full time town clerk since last January when Erbie Murat was suspended and later sacked for gross misconduct. Although Mr Murat has exhausted the council’s own internal disciplinary procedures, he still has an option to fight for re-instatement at an employment tribunal.

The staffing committee heard that a locum who had been approached for the job is experienced in local government “and has a good knowledge of Wisbech”.

The committee agreed he should be offered a short-term, temporary contract for up to 10 hours a week on a pro rate annual salary of £30,311.

“The contract would be for an initial three months with an option to renew by agreement,” says a report to councillors.

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  • Does the Town Hall really need to employ someone else? It hasn't stopped working in the year and a quarter since the Clerk was suspended. In a very short period the hours of Town Hall employees has virtually doubled from @73 in 2007 to @ 144 today, Why? As to the Mayor's allowance, when you take on the role of Mayor you understand that it is going to cost you, if you do the job properly, and attend as many events as you can. I would estimate between two and a half and three times the Mayoral allowance (from my experience). Of course the Mayor and Deputy can choose which events to attend, and how generous they want to be when hosting events so the allowance can be managed if they don't want to put their hand in their own pocket. Of course we council tax payers can only get a flavour of how many events the Mayor is attending by the number of times they appear in the press, and then we can make our own minds up as to whether or not we are getting value for money, and whether the incumbent is representing the town how we would wish.

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    Nick Meekins

    Friday, March 7, 2014

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