The Council considered a report on
Members’ Allowances for 2017/18.
In light of the decision to change the
Council’s governance from the Executive model to the
Committee model, it had been necessary to review Members’
Allowances and to prepare a new scheme of Members’ Allowances
at Annual Council. This was recognised
as one of the key elements of work that needed to be delivered as
part of the transition to the Committee model of
governance. As a result there was early
engagement with the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to prepare
a new scheme of Members’ Allowances that could be used for
the Committee model.
It had been recognised by the IRP and Group
Leaders that the detail of the new roles under the Committee model
would not be fully understood until the Committee model had been in
operation for some time. In light of
this there had been a recommendation from the IRP and a commitment
from Group Leaders to undertake a review within the first 12
The report and recommendations of the IRP for
2017/18 were shown in Appendix 1 attached to the report.
In preparing the report the IRP carried out
through research and benchmarking. The
IRP met on a number of occasions to consider its research,
including meeting with Group Leaders.
In summary, the IRP had recommended a 1%
increase on the Basic Allowance for 2017/18, which is an increase
from £4,250 to £4,300 per annum. The IRP’s recommendations for Special
Responsibility Allowances were set out in Appendix 2 attached to
the report. The IRP had considered
Travel Allowances and recommended that for 2017/18 they continue to
be paid in accordance with HMRC mileage allowance. The IRP recommended that Subsistence Allowances
and the Dependent Carer’s Allowances for 2017/18 remained
Group Leaders had recognised that the
preparation of a new scheme for Members’ Allowances had been
a difficult exercise for the IRP. Group
Leaders had welcomed the opportunity to engage with the
IRP. Discussion with Group Leaders had
identified differences between the recommendations of the IRP and
the views of the Group Leaders. These
were highlighted at paragraph 4 of the report.
In addition, it was recommended that the Mayor
should receive a separate allowance.
This was not part of the IRP’s role and was at the discretion
of the City Council. In recognition of
the significant number of duties that were carried out annually by
the Mayor, it was recommended that the Mayor should receive a
multiplier of 1.0.
The recommendations were considered to be an
appropriate set of allowances to reflect the roles carried out by
the Councillors. However, it was also
recommended that the allowances were reviewed within 12 months as
part of the wider review of the operation of the Committee model of
It was proposed by Councillor Gregson and
seconded by Councillor Bayliss and on being put to the vote it was
RESOLVED: That the
1. note the recommendations of the
Independent Remuneration Panel for Members’ Allowances as set
out in Appendix 1;
2. adopt the Scheme for Members’
Allowances from 16 May 2017 as set out in Appendix 2; and
3. agree to undertake a review of
Members’ Allowances within 12 months.