Members' Allowances and Expenses

For details of Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Independent Remuneration Panel, please see below.

Background

The council is required under the Local Authorities (Members' Allowance) (England) Regulations 2003 and subsequent amendments to establish and maintain an Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to review and make recommendations to the council on the range and levels of remuneration for elected members.

Under the regulations, the council is required to undertake a full review at least every four years. However, it has recently decided to undertake "light touch" reviews each year with a full review every fourth year.

Membership of the Panel

The three members of the Panel are:

Dr Declan Hall, a former academic at the Institute of Local Government, The University of Birmingham, with extensive experience of public sector member allowance reviews across the UK. Dr Hall has also held several appointments, most recently appointed by the Minister for Local Government and Government Business in Wales to the Expert Group on Diversity in Local Government, see "On Balance: Diversifying Democracy in Local Government in Wales 2014."

Jeremy Gould, a specialist public sector consultant and non-executive director of a NHS Trust.

Nigel Boswell, a retired Quantity Surveyor with significant experience as a Magistrate within the County.

Terms of Reference

The role of the Independent Remuneration Panel is to make recommendations to the council about allowances to be paid to Councillors.

The council must have regard to the recommendations and advice of the Panel in determining the level of allowances payable.

Latest Report of the Panel

The Panel last met in October 2017 and made recommendations with regard to Councillor allowances (although not all of which were accepted by the council).

The Panel meets again in October 2018.

Last updated on 31/07/2018

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