Councillors' allowances scheme approved following a vote at Full Council
Herefordshire Council has today (Friday 19 May) approved the councillors' allowances scheme following a vote at Full Council. The scheme was reviewed to support the new constitution (also adopted by Full Council today), and is based upon recommendations published in the Report of the Herefordshire Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP Report).
The independent panel compared the Herefordshire councillors' allowances with the allowances paid by similar unitary councils across the country, and the report must be consulted upon when making or amending the councillors' allowances scheme in the future.
The recommendations, based on the principles of the Councillors Commission, aim to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to serve as local councillors, to compensate councillors for the full range of commitment and complexity of their roles, and to provide transparency while observing all set benchmarks.
Full Council voted for a councillors' allowances scheme set at a lower rate than the recommendations in the IRP Report. This will result in a budget increase of 1.91%, compared to the proposed budget increase of 16.43%.
The annual Basic Allowance for councillors will be increased from £7,400 to £7,423, with a mandatory training element which must be completed to receive the new Basic Allowance.
A Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) has been set for specific councillor roles:
- The Leader of the Council's SRA is set at £29,692 per year
- Cabinet Members' SRA is set at £12,990 per year
- Chairman of the Council, Scrutiny Committee Chairman, and Chairman of Planning and Regulatory Committee will receive £9,279 per year
The Childcare and Dependant's Carers' Scheme and Travelling and Subsistence Allowance remain unchanged, although claims must be made within a year.
Over the next two years, all basic and special responsibility allowances will be revised annually in line with the National Joint Council for Local Government Services pay award.