Bristol mayor Marvin Rees' successor to receive £9K pay rise to match MP’s salary

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees. Credit: ITV News West Country

The next Mayor of Bristol is to receive a pay rise of almost £9,000 to match the salary of an MP.

The salary increase - from the current level of £70,605 to £79,468 - was recommended by an independent review panel.

Rises to other councillors’ allowances will be decided at a Bristol City Council meeting later.

Proposed changes to members’ allowances, if approved, would cost taxpayers an extra £139,926 a year - taking the overall bill from £1.28m to £1.42m.

Marvin Rees was elected in May 2016. Credit: ITV News West Country

This would include an increase of just over £1,000 in the basic allowance all councillors are entitled to, taking it to £13,946.

The report by the Members’ Remuneration Independent Review Panel justified the mayor’s pay rise by describing the role as “extremely high profile” and “not without risk”.