LIVERPOOL council leader Joe Anderson has revealed he will lose £19,000 by becoming a full time leader of the city.
He was forced to reveal the details after a furore erupted over a proposal to double the allowance paid to him.
Cllr Anderson will see his allowance as leader go up from £21,049 to £42,100 on top of the £10,000 he gets for being a councillor – giving him a total of £52,100-a-year.
The council said the rise was intended to reflect the fact the £21,049 was based on previous leaders doing 2.5 days a week work.
Cllr Anderson quit his job as a social worker at Chesterfield High School in Crosby after taking control of the council last month.
Yesterday he said that had he kept his social worker job he would have kept his £40,000 salary.
Add to that the £21,000 he was entitled to as leader, and his basic of £10,000 he would have been on £71,000.
“I am taking a £19,000 pay cut to work for the city of Liverpool, as far as I am concerned that is an honourable thing to do,” he said.
Last night the Liberal Democrat opposition failed to get the decision deferred until November when the government will publish details on referendums for elected mayors.