New Cabinet members at Midlothian Council to get more money for less work?

Cabinet members at Midlothian Council are to receive more pay while attending significantly fewer meetings, it has emerged.

The decision sees a number of council meetings, including full council, planning committee and local review body, cut from a four-weekly cycle to six.

In addition, the administration has announced that cabinet members are to see their Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) doubled, from £2031 under the former Labour administration to £4060. The change represents a 14 per cent increase.

Labour has accused the Nationalists of not properly considering the consequences of such a “fundamental” change to the way the council conducts its business, and of showing “a complete lack of respect” towards county residents.

Read full story in the July 5 edition of the Midlothian Council.