Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss ensures plans to boost his pay by £11,220 are rejected
CITY councillors in Derby have voted against giving the leader of the authority an £11,220 pay rise.
Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss currently receives just under £40,000 a year in allowances.
At a full council meeting held at the Council House last night, members – under instructions by Mr Bayliss himself – voted down a motion to increase that by 20%.
Ahead of the vote on the motion, Mr Bayliss put forward an amendment which stated that: "At a time when the authority is being forced to make redundancies as a direct result of Government cuts, it would be inappropriate for council to agree to an increase in allowance for any of its members."
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He then instructed members of his Labour group to vote the amendment through, which they duly did.
He told the meeting: "The role of leader is a full-time role and is very challenging. It is fully deserving of a £50,000 allowance.
"But it does not sit right with me to take an increase when so many people are struggling with cuts.
"I did not come into politics to make money. I do it as a matter of public service. A leader is worth every penny of the allowance but it does not feel right that I would get an increase when nobody else is."