COUNCILLORS voted 13-0 in favour of a 5.7 per cent pay rise which is set by an independent body.

The hike mean’s Conwy council’s leader and deputy leader will take home an extra £3,598 and £2,519 respectively.

Cabinet members will get an extra £2,159 a year whilst the basic salary for backbenchers has also increased by £1,066.

The rise means Conwy ’s leader and deputy leader have received £13,024 and £8,779 respectively over a three-year period. The remuneration package was debated at a democratic services committee meeting in Bodlondeb today.

The sums are set by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW), not the council, meaning councillors can’t collectively reject the pay rise – although councillors can refuse the pay rise individually.

The decision follows a council tax hike of 9.67% and widespread front-line service cuts, including a 5% cut to schools – although councillors blame a poor local government settlement and inflation for the financial situation.


Councillors’ pay increase:

Basic Salary (payable to all elected members) – increased from £17,600 to £18,666

Leader – increased from £59,400 to £62,998

Deputy Leader – increased from £41,580 to £44,099

Executive Members – increased from £35,640 to £37,799

Committee Chairs, including leader of the largest opposition group – increased from £26,400 to £27,999

Civic Head – increased from £26,400 to £27,999

Deputy Civic Head – increased from £21,340 to £22,406

The leader’s pay, now at £62,998, has risen from £59,400 last year from £56,700 in 2022/23 from £49,974 in 2021/22, meaning the pay has increased by £13,024 in three years. The deputy leader’s pay, now at £44,099, has risen from £41,580 last year from £39,690 in 2022/23 from £35,320 in 2022/21, meaning pay has increased by £8,779 in three years.

Cabinet members will now be paid £37,799 rising from £35,640 last year rising from £34,020 in 2023/22, rising from £30,773 in 2021/22, amounting to a pay rise of £7,026 in three years. Conwy County Council was contacted for a comment.

Cllr Chris Cater, the cabinet member for democracy and governance, said, “Elected Members cannot vary the amounts payable or delay implementation of the IRPW’s determinations. It should be remembered that the IRPW has focused on the encouragement of democratic diversity in Local Government representation.”