“If I win, I’ll draw only the region’s average salary” – Darren Hall
One candidate is promising to give up more than half of his pay if he is elected, and has since asked the others if they’ll follow suit.
Green Party candidate Darren Hall revealed that he would give £32,000 of the allowance to projects which would help reduce inequality in the combined authority area.
Mr Hall made the announcement via a tweet during the second meeting of the West of England Combined Authority at Armada House on Tuesday.
— #DarrenforMetroMayor (@DarrenHall2015) March 15, 2017
He was the only candidate at the meeting, during which it determined that the Metro Mayor would receive an allowance of £62,000 a year. Less than the Bristol City Mayor or an MP would receive.
After the meeting, Darren explained why “I believe in equality and an equal society; the responsibilities of leadership are not to tell people but to show them.”
“It is a tough job, and you expect to get a significant amount of money, but I don’t feel it would be fair to take the full amount when so many people earn less than the minimum wage.”
The candidate would like to see the extra money put into research projects.
He said: “I want to see it put into research into how so we become socially fairer, how do we bring about social change.”
Once elected the Metro Mayor will be in control of £31 million annual budget which will be spent in the five key areas including transport, planning, adult education, the promotion of business and helping the long-term unemployed to work.
Since the meeting, Darren Hall has asked the other candidates to follow suit and lead by example, but there have been no replies yet to his challenge.