Allowance rise for Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales’ allowance has risen by almost 10 per cent in the last five years.

The council leader was ‘paid’ �81,029 in 2011/12, an increase on the previous year.

His special responsibility allowance has risen every year since 2002/03, when he was able to claim a basic allowance of �58,534.

The ‘salary’ has been set by an independent panel set up by London Councils since April 2010.

A Newham Council spokesman said the Mayor did not take his full allowance last year.

He added: “The Mayor decided to donate the difference in the amount to charity and that arrangement still continues.”

The Labour-run authority’s 60 councillors were entitled to claim a basic allowance of �10,734 in 2011/12. Deputy mayor and Little Ilford Cllr Andrew Baikle claimed a special responsibility allowance of �35,655.

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Executive member Cllrs Ian Corbett, Unmesh Desai. Lester Hudson, Conor McAuley and Richard Hudson were entitled to special responsibility allowances of more than �30,000.

The Mayor’s allowance was higher than that of Hackney’s Jules Pipe, who was entitled to �75,846.14. Tower Hamlets Mayor Luftur Rahman was able to claim �65,000 in 2011/12.