On Sept. 4 Executive Council (ExCo) approved a raise in councillors' salaries. Elected Members would now receive an annual salary of £14,000, up from £10,000 per annum – and Exco members would receive an annual salary of £18,000, up from £14,500 per annum – this, if the full Legislative Council in October also approves this raise. Councillors would also still receive allowances for internet, mileage, telephone costs etc.
SAMS Radio 1 is checking in with each of the island's 12 councillors to find out more about the work councillors have been doing during this first year of the term, about the issues and legislation each councillor is currently working on, about what our councillors' plans are for the next three years, and more – all of this, in the context of the proposed salary raise.
Listen back to the July 4, 2018 public meeting with Connect St Helena, Ltd. and 10 of the island's 12 Elected Members. The meeting – including a presentation from Connect CEO Barry Hubbard and a Q&A session – was called by the public, in the hopes of getting further answers regarding the two 20% water/sewage tariff increases from monopoly utilities company Connect. The meeting followed a fortnight of unrest, including a petition and the island's first demonstration march in seven years, brought about by the announced increases and a "lack of efficiency review and lack of transparency."