As the Chancellor stands up to tell us that "we're all in this together", Brian Coleman is quietly giving himself another pay rise.
Under the leaked proposals, Boris Johnson's fire chief would gain the title of "Chairman and Leader" with an austerity-busting allowance rise of up to 9%.
The basic allowance given to other members of the authority would also increase by 38%.
The rises come as George Osborne is expected to announce pay freezes across the public sector.
LFEPA claim that overall costs will be kept down by removing old posts and reducing allowances given to the opposition leader.
However, prior to the arrival of Austerity Coleman, the Chairman of the Fire Authority claimed no allowances whatsoever.
Fire Unions are also concerned about plans to limit their rights to speak at Fire Authority meetings.
Under the proposals, Coleman will be able to silence them if he:
"considers the trade union’s presentation to be unreasonable and/or contrary to the good conduct of the business of the meeting."
The list of rules which govern meetings will be also extended to almost 50 pages long, giving Coleman total control of proceedings.
The plans are being pushed through after Boris Johnson changed the appointment procedures in order to keep Coleman in place.
The changes were labeled as "gerrymandering" with the Mayor claiming they were necessary in order to ensure "strong leadership" of the Authority.
Under the old arrangements the Conservatives would have lost their majority at the recent local elections.