Councillor Allowances and Expenses
This guide provides Members with the information on the allowances they may be eligible to receive, and the conditions on making of claims. The rates within this guide are applicable from 1 April 2010.
They are subject to a cost of living increase each April which will be incorporated following national agreement of employee provisions.
Independent Remuneration Panel
The Council is legally required to operate an Independent Remuneration Panel in relation to councillors' allowances. The Panel must consist of at least three people whose purpose is to make recommendations about the allowances paid to elected members. The Panel must review the Council's scheme each year. The Council must "have regard" to the Panel's recommendations, but need not follow them. Panel members cannot be a member of the Council or one of its committees, or of an authority in respect of which the Panel makes recommendations. In addition they must not be disqualified from being a member of a local authority.
The Panel receives information from councillors to enable them to reach informed decisions and considers comparative information from other councils, interview councillors and generally undertake whatever research they consider necessary to enable them to make well founded recommendations.