Councillors’ pay packets revealed

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Angus councillors’ remuneration and expenses since May 2012 has totalled £558,744, figures released by the authority reveal.

The period of pay and other costs relates from May 2012 after the local council election until the end of March.

In our local area, Carnoustie councillor Helen Oswald’s total pay and expenses were highest at £30,483, but this also reflects her official role as Angus Provost.

Arbroath member Alex King, who is both Depute Provost and convener of corporate services, saw his total come to £24,856.

Meanwhile Arbroath West and Letham councillor David Lumgair was the lowest earner, taking home £14,766 in remuneration but not claiming a penny in expenses.

For the other Arbroath West members, David Fairweather’s total pay and expenses came in at £16,021 while Ewan Smith’s was £16,900, which included time up until February 25 when he served as vice-convener of the education committee.

In Arbroath East and Lunan, highest earner was Sheena Welsh at £22,194, who also has the role of convener of education.

Convener of neighbourhood services, Donald Morrison took home £20,410 while Councillor Bob Spink’s total was £19,952, which includes his role as convener of scrutiny and audit since June 2012.

In Carnoustie, Councillor Brian Boyd’s pay and expenses, which reflects his vice-convenership of scrutiny and audit, came to £17,286, while Bill Bowles stood at £16,596.

In Monifieth, the highest earner was Rob Murray on £22,738, although for part of the year he undertook duties as vice-president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

He was followed by Sheila Hands, vice-convener of infrastructure on £19,599, Craig Fotheringham, £15,550, and Margaret Thomson, £15,491.