A PANEL appointed by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority has recommended increasing Mayor Oliver Coppard’s annual salary by almost £30,000.

According to a report released ahead of next Tuesday’s board meeting, Mr Coppard’s set to pocket £107,000 - considerably higher than his current £79,000-per-year wage.

Following the local elections on May 2, the mayor now has the powers of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner - which is a ‘significant additional responsibility’.

A report said: “The mayor may appoint a deputy mayor for police and crime (who will be appointed as an officer) and certain PCC functions may be delegated to a PCC deputy mayor.

“Even though a deputy mayor may be appointed it can reasonably be expected that the mayor will retain responsibility over certain areas that have a particular resonance such as sensitive legacy issues.”