Croydon's councillors highest paid in London
The borough’s elected officials are the highest paid in the capital, with more than £1.5m spent last year on Croydon’s councillors.
Figures from the Tax Payers Alliance have revealed Croydon’s councillors enjoy the highest basic allowance of any paid in London, £11,239.
Neighbouring south London authorities all offered their elected officials more than 10,000 a eyar, but none came as high as Croydon.
In Bromley, councillors are paid £10,872, £10,597 in Lambeth, £10,191 in Sutton and £10,596 in Wandsworth, a 3.3 per cent decrease on the £10,957 paid in 2010/11.
Croydon has defended the high figure pointing to the size of Croydon’s population, the highest in London, as a contributing factor.
Council leader Mike Fisher, who receives more than £50,000 for his position, said: "It is the largest borough in London. If you look at the cost of how much this costs per resident it is just £2.30."
Councillor allowances have been frozen by Croydon since 2010, and are set to be reviewed in 2014/15.