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What the various local authorities had to say on the matter...

By Victoria Leonard

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council said the proposed increases had been agreed at a full council meeting on January 30. All councillors there will receive the basic allowance increase, and up to 22 are eligible for the increase to the Special Allowance.

Ards and North Down Borough Council said elected members will vote on whether to accept the increases at a meeting of the council's corporate services committee on March 14.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said a vote has not yet been scheduled for committee or council.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said that it had "so far received no indication from the Department for Communities on the 17/18 increases relating to the Scheme of Allowances", adding that a report would be brought to the policy and resources committee for members to consider recommendations for approval or otherwise "in due course".

Belfast City Council said the strategic policy and resources committee agreed not to increase the current rates payable for either basic or special responsibility allowances.

Derry and Strabane District Council said: "A report on the updated allowances was approved by members of our governance and strategic planning committee when the matter came before the committee on September 6. Please be advised that 40 members are eligible to receive the increase to the basic allowance with 13 members receiving the SRA - the chairs and vice chairs of our committees and policing partnership."

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said members would be able to approve or decline the increase at this month's corporate, policy and resources committee. However, the council is to recommend that there will be no special responsibility allowance increase. Also receiving the special allowance are five group leaders who get varying amounts according to party size, and the council member who sits on the Partnership Panel for NI.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council said the new rates will be brought to the council's corporate services committee for approval on March 14 and, if approved, will be ratified at the full council meeting on March 28.

Mid Ulster Council said all 40 councillors would automatically receive the basic allowance boost, but that they could vote against the new maximum rate at a meeting later this month. It said no councillors are entitled to receive an automatic increase to the special allowance. There is no current proposal on the matter.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said: "Members resolved to accept the recommendation in the report to approve implementation of the updated Mid and East Antrim Scheme of Allowances Payable to councillors with effect from April 1, 2017."

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said that the increases "will automatically be applied by council and will not require a vote".

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