What do public officials earn?
I read your editorial on 5 October with interest. Your “Spanish Inquisition” idea is very good.
In the interests of transparency, as a precursor to the articles, can you please publish the salaries of all elected public officials, from the lady mayoress and deputy mayor down to ward representatives.
This information is in the public domain so we as ratepayers are entitled to be aware of them. After all, we are paying their wages.
In the UK and Ireland, ward reps don’t get a salary, just expenses like petrol, conferences etc. They do their job as a matter of civic pride. They are mostly retired professionals, doctors, solicitors, company MDs etc, with no financial incentive to hold on to their stipends like grim death.