The Report of the Herefordshire Independent Remuneration Panel will be considered at next week's Council meeting.

Herefordshire Council has published the Report of the Herefordshire Independent Remuneration Panel, making recommendations on Councillor's allowances, to support the new constitution, which is due to be considered by Full Council on Friday 19 May.

The independent panel has reviewed existing arrangements and made recommendations on the allowances that may be payable. The report includes analysis of allowances paid by similar unitary councils across the country for comparison. The council must have regard to the report when making or amending the scheme. Any decision will be taken by a vote at Full Council.

The recommendations are based on the principles of the Councillor's Commission, which aim to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to serve as local Councillors, to compensate Councillors for their work and have regard to the full range of commitment and complexity of their roles, while providing transparency and observing benchmarks.

The recommendations made by the panel include:
• Increasing the basic annual allowance that all Councillors received from £7,400 to £8,489
• That the Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) for the role of the Leader of the Council be set at 4 x the new Basic Allowance (£33,956 per year)
• That the SRA for the role of Cabinet Member be set at 1.75 x new Basic Allowance (£14,856 per year).
• That the SRA for the role of Chairman of the Council, Scrutiny Committee Chairman, and Chairman of Planning and Regulatory Committee is set at 1.25 x new Basic Allowance (£10,611 per year).
• That the SRA for the role of Chairman of Licensing Sub-Committee, Chairman of Audit and Governance Committee, and the Council's Member representative on the Adoption Panel be set at 0.75 x new Basic Allowance (£6,366 per year).
• That the SRA for the role of the Cabinet Support Member remain as an allowance of up to 50% of the Cabinet member allowance, subject to the total budget currently allocated for individual cabinet members not being exceeded.
• That the SRA for the role of Group Leader remain unchanged at £1,634 (plus £124 per group member) provided group membership exceeds 10% of the Council's total membership. 
• That the current scheme in relation to payment of no more than one SRA per Councillor (with the exception of the Group Leaders' SRA) remain unchanged.

There are further recommendations on Childcare and Dependant's Carers' scheme, travel and subsistence scheme, which remain unchanged, although it is recommended that claims be made within a year of the spend.

Published: 12th May 2017