How much the new East Midlands Mayor and her board will be paid

Labour Mayor of the East Midlands Claire Ward.
By Jamie Waller, Local Democracy Reporter

Claire Ward will earn £93,000 per year in her new role as East Midlands Mayor.

The Labour mayor’s salary will be set at the first meeting of the East Midlands Combined County Authority since the election.

The meetings will be held across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, with the inaugural one at Broxtowe Borough Council’s offices on Monday (June 17).

Documents confirm that the deputy major and the board will be paid a total of up to £82,000.

Clare Ward’s salary would be the fifth highest in the UK due to the large population of the East Midlands compared to other mayoral authorities.

It will also have a bigger budget than comparable areas, with an annual £38m investment fund.

Only the mayors of Greater London (Sadiq Khan – £153,000), Greater Manchester (Andy Burnham – £111,000), South Yorkshire (Oliver Coppard – £107,000) and West Midlands (Richard Parker – £100,000) will earn more.

Those mayors all act as Police and Crime Commissioners – a role that remains separate in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The East Midlands salary has been recommended by an independent panel.

The role of the deputy mayor has yet to be selected, although documents say this is expected soon after the July 4 General Election.

They will be paid between £18,000 and £46,500 depending on what responsibilities they are given, as long as they aren’t already a council leader.

Ms Ward was elected to the new position by a vote across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire held on May 3, beating closest rival Conservative candidate Ben Bradley by 50,000 votes.

The position forms part of the East Midlands Mayoral authority, which is made up of Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council.

The leader and deputy leader of each council will also sit on the board, along with four leaders of district local councils.

Chairs for the EMCCA’s Overview & Scrutiny and Audit & Governance committees will both receive annual payments of £9,500.

The members of these committees, who will be appointed during the meeting, will each receive £1,000 annually.

The meeting will also put forward preferred locations for the government’s Brownfield Housing Fund.

Members of the public can attend on a first-come, first-served basis, and the meeting on Monday will also be streamed online.

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