I wrote in approval of the return of area committees to Highland Region, including Caithness and Sutherland. I would be less keen on a considerable extra salary allocated to the local councillor leading name as reported by the John o’Groat Journal.
The outgoing Independent-controlled Administration has failed to stall their implementation, citing this as the reason for their opposition.
A councillor’s basic salary is some £16,000 plus expenses/allowances, which already is more than a great many people take home. The appointed area leaders would receive an additional £8,000, above the UK-wide average. Those taking on this roles would be missing a trick if they declined to accept all or part of this, and not appear to some as another bunch of hacks on the make.