Explains what allowances ward councillors can claim, details of how much council members receive, who decides how much each member receives, were any members' allowances increased or reduced as a result of the last annual review and what is the members' register of interests and can the public view it?
Council members are able to claim back money for expenses related to their work as a councillor under a scheme called the Members’ Allowances Scheme. The kinds of costs incurred through work that the allowance can be used to pay for range from travel expenses to IT costs.
Further information about what expenses are covered by the Members' Allowances Scheme can be found on the Members' Allowances Schemepage.
The scheme of allowances approved by the council consists of two main types of remuneration for members: Basic Allowance and the Special Responsibility Allowance.
The Basic Allowance is payable to each member of the council whereas the Special Responsibility Allowances are payable to those members who hold positions which require them to spend more time and effort on the council's affairs than would be expected of other members.
Both allowances are paid on a monthly basis without the need of a claim form. All other allowances require the completion of a claim form with supporting receipts if applicable.
A member may opt to forgo their allowance.
Full details of how much allowance council members receive can be read on the Members' Allowances Schemepage along with details about what expenses are covered by the Members' Allowances Scheme.
The council decides on Members' allowances, based on recommendations from an independent panel of individuals from East Riding called the Members Allowances Panel.
The Members' Allowances Panel was established in 2001 by the council to review and make recommendations to the council on allowances paid to its members. The panel consists of five East Riding residents who collectively have a wide range of experience encompassing business, local government, trade unions, academic institutions and the voluntary sector. They are paid an allowance for attending meetings together with reimbursement of any travel expenses incurred. The members of the panel were appointed following public advertisements and are as follows:
Meetings of the panel are held when there are fundamental changes to the council (for example if there is a major change in membership to the council following a major election) or when it requires them to consider those allowances paid under the members' allowances scheme.
The scheme does have provision to increase some allowances in line with inflation but sometimes the Panel asks for a comparison exercise to be carried out to compare the allowances paid to its members against those allowances paid to other council members.
The panel usually meets no more than twice a year.
The Council, on 11 January 2017, approved the recommendations of its Independent Remuneration Panel in respect of the Member’s Allowance Scheme (details of which were published on 6 January 2017 edition of Hull & East Riding Mail and on the council’s website).
The Panel made recommendations as follows, all of which were accepted by the full council:
That there should be no changes to the current scheme at the present time other than those recommended below:
That the IT initial allowance be set at a maximum of £370 to cover 50% of the cost incurred in purchasing IT equipment, paid upon receipt of an itemised invoice, and
that the annual maintenance allowance be set at £130 to be used towards the cost of repairs, maintenance and consumables.
Copies of the Panel’s report are deposited at the Council’s Customer Service Centres for inspection and purchase by members of the public during normal opening hours or can be downloaded below:
Members' Allowances Panel Report (pdf 206kb opens in new window)