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Councillor under fire for pay for position which she no longer holds

Independent councillor Marie Boulton is due to rake in £28,410 despite leaving a committee position.

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A councillor has come under fire for her £28,410 wage which includes payment for a committee position she no longer holds.

Aberdeen City Council independent councillor Marie Boulton is due to rake in the lofty wage despite leaving the post of convener of the licensing committee recently.

Although Ms Boulton is still convener of the licensing board, it is a position that has historically paid a maximum of £21,308.

But under new plans laid out by the Labour-Conservative-Independent coalition Ms Boulton is set to earn £7,102 more than any other previous incumbent in the role.

Graham Dickson, the SNP group's spokesman demanded that Ms Boulton give herself an appropriate wage cut.

He said: "For someone to receive the £28,000 wage, they have to be convener of a substantial committee like the finance and resources one, not a small one like the licensing board.

"No convener of the licensing board has ever received that much before - they should be on the £21,308 mark.

"There is absolutely no precedent for the convener of the of the licensing board to be paid at this rate.

"It will make Marie Boulton the most expensive convener of the licensing board ever.

"The deputy leader of the council has never been a paid position and it is utterly disgraceful to keep her on this high rate without justifying it.

"This is an unjustifiable and dramatic difference and makes clear where their politics lie.

"At a time when public sector spending is tight, it is shameful.

"They are trying to rush this through the urgent business committee rather than allow full council to debate it."

Liberal Democrat group leader Aileen Malone said: "I think that some lower-paid employees will see this as a slap in the face."

But finance convener Willie Young said the change would free up Ms Boulton to devote more time to Aberdeen's UK City of Culture bid - and therefore justifies her wage.

He added: "This is also a short-term measure because there is a report coming to council in June where we are looking at the structure and functions of all council committees."

Ms Boulton was unavailable for comment.

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