Birmingham's senior councillors have been urged to take a £100,000 a year pay cut by an official panel of advisers.
But council leaders are set to reject the cuts when they meet tomorrow (Wednesday) and tell the Independent Remuneration Panel to take another look at councillors’ workloads.
The Panel’s report suggests that pay for the 40 senior councillors should be cut, with chairman of the employment and human resources committee Coun Muhammed Afzal asked to take the largest cut of £8,803, from his £14,803 a year allowance - 59 per cent.
Other losers in the report are the 10 district committee chairmen who would see their £10,574 allowances slashed to £6,000, a 43 per cent cut, as well as the six Labour cabinet members who it suggests should lose £3,197 each from their £28,197 allowances.
In the case of district chairmen it reverses and increase given two years ago after their roles were upgraded to cabinet level executive members with responsibility for delivery of local services.
The only allowance to be significantly increased would be council deputy leader Ian Ward, whose £37,764 allowance would rise to £40,000.
Birmingham councillors pay has been frozen since 2010, although an overhaul of jobs in 2012 lead to a reduction in the number of senior councillors and their costs.
The Council Business Management Committee, made up of party leaders and group secretarties, are set to meet on Wednesday to consider the panel’s annual report.
Council Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said that in several cases the Panel has not properly considered the extent of the roles and responsibilities and will ask them to look again.
He said: “For the employment and human resources chairman they looked at the minutes of public meetings, but he also runs the senior appointment committees and all appeals panels - which sit several times a week.”
He also pointed out that the district committee chairmen have taken on major financial responsibilities which are not considered in the report. “It is likely we will ask the panel to take another look at this,” he added.
Sir Albert’s allowance is currently £50,352 and the panel suggested making it a round £50,000.
The panel’s proposals follow a root and branch review of senior councillors pay, comparing them to similar roles elsewhere in the public and voluntary sector - including MPs, NHS managers.
Chairman Sandra Cooper said: “The panel concluded that the previous system was overly complex and is recommending a more simplified structure.
“The simplification has resulted in an overall reduction of approximately 18 per cent in the total of special responsibility allowances.”
The panel do not recommend any changes to the £16,267 basic allowance received by all 120 councillors.