Councillors in line for pay increase

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Midlothian councillors could be in line for a pay rise – the first in four years – which would be backdated to April 1 last year.

The Scottish Parliament is expected to approve a one per cent increase for all councillors’ basic salaries for 2013-14.

A further one per cent rise for 2014-15 is also on the cards. Councillors have had a pay freeze since 2009.

Councillors across Scotland receive a basic salary of £16,234. A one per cent rise would take this to £16,560.

Scottish local government minister Derek Mackay began the parliamentary process to introduce the pay rise last week.

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