Councillor costs rise

ANGUS councillors cost over £13,000 more than they did last year, new figures have revealed.

At Tuesday’s full council meeting since the SNP took control of the local authority, members considered a report detailing the pay and expenses of councillors.

And it showed that a total of £632,338 was paid out compared to last year’s figure of £619,189.

Former administration leader Bob Myles was the top earner in the last final year with a figure of £39,688.

This breaks down to £32,470 in basic remuneration and expenses totalling £7,218.

Following him was ex-Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, who received a total of £39,238, which included £14,885 in expenses, a rise of around £6,500 on the previous year.

Other high earners included Ian Mackintosh, who did not stand for re-election taking home £27,586, although some of his expenses were paid by the Tayside Police Joint Board, of which he was convener.

Corporate services convener Mark Salmond received a total of £27,811 and David May of infrastructure services took home £25,106.

As former leader of the opposition, Helen Oswald was the highest earner in the SNP receiving £24,976.

Meanwhile the lowest total remuneration and expenses was paid to Brechin councillor Mairi Evans, who received basic pay of £16,234 along with £536 of expenses.

The lowest amount paid out in expenses was to Arbroath West and Letham councillor David Lumgair who was the convener of development standards.

He only claimed £161 in expenses to cover travel costs.

It was also noted that £13,501 of the overall total of £632,338 was paid by other bodies or organisations.

Director of corporate services Colin McMahon said: “Also included in the total is the value of the additional costs met by the council on behalf of councillors totalling £24,996, being £16,913 for the use of the council car, £1,707 for training and conference expenses and £6,376 for other telephone costs.”