New pay deal for depute provost

Midlothian House, Buccluech Street, Dalkeith
Midlothian House, Buccluech Street, Dalkeith

Midlothian councillors have agreed a £4,000 payment to the depute provost in return for taking on extra duties.

The increased payment to Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP) was endorsed at a recent meeting of the full council.

The resignation from the cabinet last year of Councillor Peter de Vink (Ind) meant his portfolio was re-allocated among the remaining cabinet members and his senior councillor remuneration ceased.

In addition to being depute provost, Councillor Rosie chairs the general purposes and petitions committees.

In May last year, councillors sanctioned a £27,058 payment to the leader of the council, with a £20,294 being allocated to the civic head (provost), positions now occupied by Councillor Bob Constable and Councillor Joe Wallace respectively.

They also agreed that six senior councillors – five cabinet members and the leader of the opposition – should receive £20,250.

The remaining councillors receive annual remuneration of £16,234.

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