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Senior Birmingham City councillors agree 10% pay cut

Image caption Councillor Mike Whitby will lose more than £5,000 from his £72,214 pay packet

Senior Birmingham city councillors have agreed to a 10% pay cut in recognition of the "very difficult economic climate".

Cabinet members will see their pay fall after accepting the recommendations of an independent panel.

The panel also proposed councillors' basic allowance should be frozen at £16,267 for the third year.

Mike Whitby, leader of the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition, will lose £5,594 from his £72,214 package.

Deputy council leader Paul Tilsley will lose nearly £4,200 from his £58,227 pay packet.

The Independent Remuneration Panel, which proposes councillors' allowances, said it was "very mindful of the fragility of the current economic situation, and the ever increasing pressures on the public purse".

It said the review had also been carried out during a period of uncertainty over the future form of government in the city.

Birmingham is among places where residents will vote over proposals for directly-elected mayors on 3 May.

Where the referendum poll comes out in favour of a mayor, voting for the new position will take place in November.

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