Report: new regional mayor should be paid £79,000 a year

The new “Metro Mayor” of the West Midlands ought to be paid nearly £80,000 per year, a report has recommended.

The report, written by representatives of the seven local authorities joining the new West Midlands Combined Authority, will be considered on March 3rd.

It said the amount should be reviewed in two or three years.

Out of the five candidates for mayor, only three responded to the BBC’s request for comment.

Green Party candidate James Burn offered to keep only £29,000 if he won.

Labour’s Sion Simon and UKIP’s Pete Durnell did not comment.

Beverley Nielsen of the Lib Dems said the £79,000 figure “sounds about right”.

“However, this is not about salary, it’s about commitment to the region and using the experience you have built up in your career that will contribute to making this a better place,” she added.

Tory Andy Street suggested the mayor’s pay should be performance related.

The election will be held on May 4th across Coventry, Birmingham, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Wolverhampton.

(Photo: Coventry City Council)




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