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.