Liverpool council leader Joe Anderson reveals his "pay cut" to become full time leader
Liverpool council leader Joe Anderson has revealed he will lose ÃÂ£19,000 by becoming a full time leader.
He's just been on the Phillips phone-in and told listeners that had he kept his social worker job in Sefton he would have kept his ÃÂ£40,000 salary.
Add to that the ÃÂ£21,000 he was entitled to as leader, and his basic of ÃÂ£10,000 for being a councillor he would have been on a total of ÃÂ£71,000.
Under the proposals he will be on a total of ÃÂ£52,000, a ÃÂ£19,000 pay cut if you like.
As leader of the opposition he was already on ÃÂ£61,000-a-year because of an allowance of ÃÂ£11,000 that he was getting for that position.
If the allowance for leader was not doubled Cllr Anderson would be looking at losing ÃÂ£40,000.
Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp says he should have been willing to do that if he wanted to go full time. He says all councillors end up out of pocket when they are voted in and that simply Joe Anderson should have lived with it. He calculates that he personally has lost more than ÃÂ£750,000 because of the time he has sacrificed not doing his "day job" as a regeneration consultant in his more than 27 years as a councillor.
He described the proposed increase in the leader's allowance as "morally corrupt".
I suspect this one is going to rumble on for a while...