The mayor of Liverpool City Region has announced that he will donate his pay raise of over £3,000 to charity.
Members of the combined authority have approved plans to raise Steve Rotheram’s annual remuneration from £81,000 to £84,298.
However, the former MP stated that he will contribute his salary raise to charitable organizations.
“I don’t set my own compensation – it’s established independently – but I can choose whether or not to take this raise,” he tweeted.
“I have no intention of taking any more than I am now on,” he said, adding that he would donate the money to local organizations and good causes.
According to the National Joint Council agreement for local government workers, the salary raise would have been effective for the following two years.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Mr Rotheram’s current remuneration has climbed from £77,500 when he first took office in 2017.
The function of mayor in the city region had altered drastically in the previous four years, according to a study by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority independent pay panel.
Mr Rotheram represented the city at a regional, national, and international level, becoming a “high profile and important position.”
Mr Rotheram’s remuneration should be increased by £3,298 per year, according to the study.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who also serves as the region’s police and crime commissioner, receives £110,000 a year, while Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, earns £105,000 with five local councils under her jurisdiction.