council leader has given himself a pay rise, after declaring he is running a multi-million pound empire.
Keith Glazier, head of Tory-run East Sussex County Council, voted in favour of the 37 per cent pay hike at a time when council workers’ pay has been stagnant, with wages either frozen or held to a one per cent increase for eight years.
Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Osborne who voted against the rise, she said: “I am very strongly against it when the council is having to make such drastic cuts to major services – services that are in desperate need of funding.
“No councillors should be getting a pay rise. It is completely inappropriate and absolutely ridiculous.”
Councillor Osborne, 53, added: “I don’t know how he looks at himself in the mirror.”
Mr Glazier, 66, defended his pay rise, claiming the stress levels he endures are the same as being the chairman of a billion pound company.
He said: “The job is a 24/7 hour position, and comes with a lot of stress; we manage over 870 million pounds and I’m the leader which is the same as being the chairman of a business.
“You would never see the chairman of such a business on £30,000 a year now, would you?”
The former plumbing and heating engineer will see his pay increase 37 per cent from £25,113 to £34,440 on top of his basic allowance of £12,300; a total of £46,740 a year.
The grandfather, who lives in the village of Pett, added: “We don’t decide how much the raise is, that’s up to the independent remuneration panel – we don’t choose what they come up with.
“The pay increase will be offset by savings made by the council which will no longer pay into a pension or landlines for councillors.”
Local councillors are not salaried but allowances in the region of £10,000 are paid in recognition of the time given to the role. Those with additional responsibilities are paid additional allowances.