Bute councillors ‘to give pay rise to charity’

Bute's three Argyll and Bute councillors - Len Scoullar, Robert Macintyre and Isobel Strong.
Bute's three Argyll and Bute councillors - Len Scoullar, Robert Macintyre and Isobel Strong.

Members of Argyll and Bute Council have voted to accept a pay rise laid down by the Scottish Government - although none of Bute’s elected members plan to pocket the extra cash.

All three Bute councillors voted on the subject at a meeting in Lochgilphead: Robert Macintyre opposed the increase, while Isobel Strong, along with the rest of the SNP group, abstained, and Provost Len Scoullar voted in favour.

But all three said they intended to donate the increase - in line with the Scottish Government’s Scheme of Remuneration for Councillors - to charity.

In addition to the one per cent increase in members’ basic allowance, the meeting also backed a similar discretionary increase in the amount paid to senior members of the council, such as the leader, Provost and spokespersons - the latter known in Argyll and Bute as ‘policy leads’.

Councillor Scoullar said of the debate: “One councillor pointed out that he passes his salary increases to charity, and I would be happy to support that, as I felt we did not need the increase.”

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