Pay councillors on performance
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