MONEY: Council leaders will be paid a salary of almost £60,000 a year 

Volunteers no more — basic annual earnings for councillors are set at £19,571 but they get a greater sum for extra responsibilities

Big earners in West Dunbartonshire – Provost Douglas McAllister, Cllr Michelle McGinty, deputy leader, and Cllr Martin Rooney, council leader.

Glasgow SNP council leader Susan Aitken will be paid a salary of £58,719 this year, which is just a few thousand more than Labour’s Martin Rooney in West Dunbartonshire and LibDem, and Robin Currie in Argyll and Bute, which takes in Cardross, Helensburgh and Lomond.

Basic annual earnings for councillors are set at £19,571, but they get a greater sum with extra responsibilities including chairing committees.

Glasgow council’s new deputy leader, SNP Councillor Ricky Bell – who is also city treasurer and convener for final inclusion – will receive £43,132, which is around the same for Michelle McGinty in West Dunbartonshire.

Provost Maurice Corry of Argyll and Bute and Cllr Robin Currie, Council leader.

Douglas McAllister, the newly-appointed Provost of West Dunbartonshire, Scottish Labour Party, and Conservative Maurice Corry will receive around £44,000 for the year ahead

So-called “senior councillors”, some of whom have been elected for the first time and have little or no experience of local government, will earn around £36,000 when attendance at outside bodies are taken into account.

The amounts have been decided for the financial year of 2022 to the end of March 2023. The allowances are set out in legislation in reports that went before the council in their Church Street, Dumbarton, chambers on Wednesday..


  1. By how much have councillors and senior councillors salaries increased. What is the percentage.

    Personally, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. However, and this is the big however, Council officers tend to treat elected councillors and indeed other elected representatives of ALL political parties as monkeys, whilst same officers are most certainly not paid peanuts.

    Keep em in the dark and feed em the you know what is the Council Officer mantra as Labour are now going to find out like the hapless SNP before them.

    1. I was in the Labour Party. WDC is a legally constituted body with it’s own Legal Department. I’ve been in it and went through their files. Douglas McAllister is a solicitor. So was Ian Leitch going back. At meetings they often ask for legal advice during the proceedings. Sure certain “personalities” like to showboat and tell yarns about how the officers are running the council at the expense of elected representatives. They are doughballs who live on a lawless planet who waste their constituents time with their stupid antics. Labour did all that as good as the rest…and it got them nowhere beyond party political hype. I on the other hand beat WDC officers in formal legal proceedings in a Public Inquiry. For a start it would help if people actually told the truth for a change and admitted there’s a Sheriff in town. Labour aren’t going to find out anything they didn’t know fine well already. My main concern at the moment is why are we paying Nazis anything? But don’t worry about that. If they invite Herr Zelensky and his Adolf Battalions to West Dunbartonshire…I’ll be waiting for them. Make my day! We didn’t go through 2 World Wars for this shit.

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