COUNCILLORS in Barnsley were paid more than £880,000 in allowances and expenses in the financial year to March.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton received the most at £35,848.23, followed by his deputy, Coun Jim Andrews, who claimed £26,268.03.

The overall figure - which has been falling each year since 2012 - is more than ten per cent lower than it was three years ago when it totalled almost £975,000.

All 63 borough councillors are paid a basic allowance of £10,426. This figure has remained unchanged for three years in a row. It used to be £10,975 but councillors agreed to take a five per cent cut in 2011.

On top of this basic, councillors receive special responsibility pay if they take on additional duties such as the full-time positions on Barnsley's cabinet, and roles on other council committees.

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