THE salary of Pembrokeshire County Councillors will be rising by 1.97% in the coming financial year.

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, the body that sets councillor salaries across the country, has published its Final Annual Report, for the financial year 2019/20.

The Panel has determined an increase of 1.97% to the basic salary for elected members.

This will take the basic salary to £13,868.

The salaries of leaders and members of the executive will rise £800 for the senior salaries payable to the Leader, Deputy Leader and Executive (Cabinet) members.

This includes the £268 increase to the basic salary that all members will receive.

The Panel is continuing mandating a payment of £150 as a contribution to costs and expenses for members of all community and town councils.

They furthermore propose that every community and town council reimburse the costs of care for all members if necessary.

These measures are aimed at enabling councillors to fulfil their role, the panel states.