THE three Selkirkshire councillors on Scottish Borders Council were paid just under a total of £70,000 in allowances and expenses for the year 2011-12, it has been disclosed, Mark Entwistle.
The 34 local authority members received a total of £784,174.27 in allowances and expenses for the last financial year. The figures were due to come before yesterday’s session of the full local authority.
Of the three members for the Selkirkshire ward, Councillor Vicky Davidson, as executive member for economic development, received the most with £26,581.95. She was followed by Councillor Carolyn Riddell-Carre – now retired – who, as executive member for planning and development, received £24,226.34, followed by now former councillor, Kenneth Gunn, on £18,870.18.
All councilors received a basic £16,234 for the year – a figure which had not increased on the amount paid in 2010-11 – unless entitled to one of the higher amounts payable to senior councillors.
As executive members for portfolios, both Ms Davidson and Mrs Riddell-Carre, were paid £21,916.74 in salaries. Ms Davidson also claimed £4,665.21 in expenses, while Mrs Riddell-Carre claimed £2,309.60. Mr Gunn claimed £1,937.98.
Total SBC councillors’ salaries rose from £645,939.20 in 2010-11 to £673,408.41 in 2011-12 as a result of the inclusion of an additional half-month’s salary due to a change in pay date.
Total travel expenses for all SBC councillors in 2011-12 were £66,502.36, an increase of 6.6 per cent on the 2010-11 figure of £62,363.24. This was due to an increase in the mileage rate from 40p to 45p per mile and a change in pay date.