The total pay bill for Birmingham’s senior councillors is to be cut by up to £70,000 through a major overhaul by the new Labour administration.
The savings are on top of a ten per cent pay cut already approved by the outgoing Tory-Lib Dem coalition two months ago, which will see about £150,000 saved compared to last year.
The biggest savings are the cuts in two £28,197 a year cabinet posts and the removal of the £18,789 per year executive member for children’s social care.
Other jobs cut include two scrutiny committee chairmen, the merging of licensing and public protection committees.
The only winners in the shake up are the ten district committee chairmen and women who, having taken on direct responsibility for leisure services, refuse collection, housing and other local services,
will see the allowance bumped by about 180 per cent - from £3,776 to £10,574.
All 120 councillors receive a £16,267 basic allowance for the local ward duties and the special responsibility payments are on top of this.
Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore said: "Our changes reflect the new leadership structure of the council and will deliver further savings of up to £70,000 on top of the ten per cent cut already approved."
The council’s Independent Remuneration Panel has hastily drawn up a revised payment schedule just two months after the pay was set by the previous Tory-Lib Dem administration with a ten per cent pay cut for senior councillors.
They admit that they have accepted the new roles and responsibilities as stated by the Labour group and will have to wait until the new set-up has bedded in before making a more accurate assessment for the 2012/13 report.