Full Council votes to accept independent remuneration panel recommendation to increase councillors' allowances from May 2017
The Council is obliged to commission an independent review of councillors' allowances at least every four years. In early 2016, an Independent Remuneration Panel was established to carry out this task.
In May, it published its report. The report recommends an increase in the basic allowance paid to all councillors from its current level of £12,250 to £13,910. In addition, the special responsibility allowances paid to councillors holding particular positions such as leader, chairman of the council, chairman of committees etc. were reviewed. In most cases, it was recommended that they should be increased. A copy of the report can be downloaded from Independent remuneration panel report.
On 17 May, Full Council was addressed by the chairman of the Independent Remuneration Panel and she responded to questions. The councillors then voted on the proposal to accept the report in its entirety. The vote was carried by a majority on a show of hands. I voted against the proposal. At a time of continuing severe financial constraints for the Council, I think that we should continue with a freeze on councillors' allowances.
The increase in allowances will take effect from after the next elections to the Council in May 2017.