This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 09/07/2018.
Croydon councillors expected to increase allowances for top roles
One Croydon Council allowance could rise from £24,000 to £33,000 if approved.
High-ranking Croydon councillors stand to give themselves a hefty increase in how much they can claim in allowances in a crucial vote.
Croydon Council members were due vote on the financial entitlements for different roles in a meeting to decide annual allowances on Monday evening (July 9).
An item on the agenda for meeting of the full council was to consider the adoption of a new allowances scheme which would see thousands added to the payments received by those holding major positions at the local authority.
Councillors were asked to support recommendations to boost the pay of the head of planning, health and social care, and the memberships of the leading cabinet members by thousands of pounds a year.
In a huge potential jump the chair of the health and well-being board would see their pay rise from £24,000 to £33,000.
Another large increase would see the chair of the scrutiny committee get an increase in special responsibility allowance from £24,000 to £30,000.
Tony Newman, as leader of the council, would receive a more modest boost in his allowance from around £42,000 to £44,000 if approved.
The Advertiser will bring you an update on how the vote went at the meeting.