Councillor Loakes has accepted a pay rise of 24% taking his pay as a councillor up to £36,000 a year. I am sure that all our low paid members who suffered pay cuts back in January 2012 will recall that Councillor Loakes and his colleagues voted through a terms and conditions review which stripped away overtime rates, weekend enhancements and shift allowances. All of these benefits were only payable to low paid staff earning around £25,000 or less. His salary increase is equivalent to the amounts lost by many of our members last year. The local paper report on this spectacular demonstration of political hypocrisy can be read here.