SHAMELESS councillors are cashing in on rate rises – by giving themselves bumper pay hikes up to 67 per cent, The Sun can reveal.
Some grasping local government members are filling their pockets as ordinary people buckle under the pressure of council tax increases of up to five per cent.
Welwyn and Hatfield council leader John Dean will see a 58 per cent bumper increase to the pay he gets for his top position.
In addition to £4,951 basic pay, the Tory boss will rake in another £14,853 – up from £9,505 before the rise.
And cabinet members have seen this figure soar by a shocking 67 per cent – from £5,698 to £9485.
Meanwhile council tax bills are up by two per cent and Hertfordshire County Council is hitting residents with 4.99 per cent.
Opposition Labour councillor James Broach said: “It’s outrageous that in this time of austerity, when services are being cut to the bone, cabinet members are awarding themselves massive pay rises.
“The council is forever pleading poverty and has just started charging extra for garden waste collection – but there seems to be plenty of money to line the pockets of the powerful.
Rochdale Borough Council’s Labour leader Richard Farnell treated himself to a 51 per cent pay day – up to £47,304 from £31,224.
And this was alongside soaring basic allowances, up 34 per cent from £7,812 to £10,451.
Council tax bills dropping on doormats in the area are up 4.99 per cent.
John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “This is absolutely sickening.
“What exactly have these politicans done to deserve these pay rises?
“How many taxpayers struggling with tax bills will have seen a pay rise of up to 50 per cent?
“Families expect their taxes to pay for social care and road maintenance, not to line the pockets of greedy politicans.”
Conservative Peterborough City Council shocked residents after handing all members a whopping 27 per cent increase to their basic pay with a council tax hit, again, of 4.99 per cent.
The pay boosts – in effect from April – will cost ordinary rate payers £186,000 as allowances go up from £7,962 a year to £10,100.
Top cabinet members are raking in even more with Council leader John Holdich’s payout up from £21,497.85 to £30,300 while his deputy Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald’s is rising from £16,123 to £20,201.
In Elmbridge, all district councillors will see their basic pay go up by 12.4 per cent from £4,395 to £4,942 from May.
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Council tax is going up 4.99 per cent in the area leaving household bills soaring.
Worcestershire County Council is hiking tax by 2.94 per cent as cabinet members could see pay rise by 10 per cent for the leader and deputy leader and eight per cent for the rest of the cabinet.
The shocking proposed boost is only known about because a whistle blower leaked the recommendations of an independent report on pay.
If councillors vote through the changes, council leader Simon Geraghty will get a £3,107 boost to his pay, which together with allowances brings his total check to £53,000.
Tax hikes hitting homes around the country are made up of a general rise plus an adult social care precept, which is ring fenced and can only be spent on care.
Ipswich Borough Council is putting councillor’s basic pay up by seven per cent, while West Sussex increased pay for cabinet members by four per cent.
A Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council spokesman said: “Changes to councillors’ allowances were recommended by an independent panel seven years ago and were not implemented until July this year.
“The changes bring allowances up to the average of our neighbouring authorities and help enable people from all backgrounds to take part in local politics.
“The borough council tax rise for 2017/18 of £5 a year (on an average Band D property) is the first increase of any kind for eight years.”
A Rochdale Borough Council spokesman said: “Allowances our councillors receive had been frozen for the past eight years.
“A report written by an independent panel made it clear our allowance levels had fallen well below the Greater Manchester average, and were the second-lowest in the region.
“The independent panel’s new recommended basic allowance for our councillors is still below the average in Greater Manchester.”