MEA Councillors approve pay rise for themselves
Mid and East Antrim councillors approved a pay rise for themselves at a meeting of the borough council on Monday evening.
A basic allowance recommended by the Department for Communities of £15,757 per annum was agreed in an increase from £15,486.
The basic allowance increase is a rise of 1.75 per cent.
Meanwhile, positions of special responsibility are eligible for additional payments for councillors across Northern Ireland.
In Mid and East Antrim, the sum of £1,000 per month is payable to the mayor and £650 to the deputy mayor. Committee chairs and vice-chairs are eligible for payments of £500 and £350 monthly respectively. These sums have not increased.
The positions for the final term of this council during 2022/23 will be appointed at the annual general meeting on June 6.
The new mayor will be an Alliance Party councillor with a DUP representative as deputy.
The Department for Communities also permits a dependants’ carers’ allowance to a maximum of £988 per month for specialist care to be paid where applicable as well as mileage allowance of 65 per mile for travel by car; 45 pence, electric car, 24 pence, motorbike and 20 pence by bicycle.
Passengers can avail of five pence per mile.