Pay coun­cil­lors on per­for­mance

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Ed­i­tor, Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil’s deputy leader, Brigid Jones, seems to be mak­ing a cash grab for the city’s coun­cil­lors at a time of se­vere cut­backs in es­sen­tial coun­cil ser­vices. Ei­ther more pay or re­duced re­spon­si­bil­ity for coun­cil­lors.

As the coun­try is suf­fer­ing aus­ter­ity, I think that all coun­cil­lors should fol­low suit and go back to how it was some years ago when they were un­paid and of far higher use­ful­ness to the pub­lic.

Coun­cil­lors are cur­rently very over­paid and un­der­worked in my opin­ion. If a pay scale should be war­ranted then it should be per­for­mance-re­lated and the pay should not ex­ceed the min­i­mum le­gal wage.

Then the pub­lic could mea­sure the use­ful­ness of our coun­cil­lors and get rid of them should they be of poor stan­dard. I do not think that there would be many, if any, coun­cil­lors left if these mea­sures were adopted. David Stamps, by email

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