Councillors’ pay freeze

Local Government Minister Derek Mackay has decided not to implement recommendations to changes of the salaries of councillors.

Instead, Ministers will consider the recommendations next year ahead of 2013-14.

Mr Mackay said: “The Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee undertook the first fundamental review of Councillor’s remuneration since 2006 and I have considered their findings carefully.

“Against a background of unprecedented cuts to Scotland’s budget and the need for continuing pay restraint across the public sector, I have decided not to implement any further recommendations of the report.

“We have always sought to ensure that pay policy is fair and affordable across the areas of the public sector that we have responsibility for, which includes councillors’ pay. Any increase in pay would put additional pressure on local authority budgets.

“I will look again at the SLARC recommendations next year to see what is affordable, sustainable and appropriate at that time.”