Independent Remuneration Panel

The Independent Remuneration Panel is made up of three to five people who are appointed by the council’s chief executive and meet on a regular basis to discuss councillors’ allowances. No one on the panel is a councillor or council employee.

What the Independent Remuneration Panel does

The Independent Remuneration Panel reviews the current members allowances scheme which includes:

  • the councillors’ basic allowance
  • the special responsibility allowance (paid to councillors who have extra responsibilities e.g. executive members or committee chairman)
  • child care and dependent care allowances
  • travel and subsistence payments and the circumstances under which they are paid
  • co-opted members’ allowances (co-opted members are people who are not councillors but are invited to sit on certain committees of the council)

The panel is provided with a large amount of comparative data to set the Bracknell Forest scheme within a national and regional context. The panel bases any recommendations it makes on this evidence, comparison with local authorities, interviews with councillors and examples of good practice. The panel also meets individual councillors to discuss how the scheme is working.

The Independent Remuneration Panel may be asked to review allowances for town and parish councillors as well as other reviews such as consideration of the mayoral allowance.

Independent Remuneration Panel reviews

The panel last conducted a review in December 2013. The council agreed the recommendations at the council meeting on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

View the full report and list of recommendations in the documents section.

How to get involved

We are looking to appoint two members of the public to serve on our Independent Remuneration Panel. The panel will consider and make recommendations on members’ allowances.

We would like the panel to include representatives from all sectors of the community including voluntary, business and partner organisations. Expressions of interest are being sought through website advertising and asking local businesses and voluntary organisations if they wish to put forward candidates.

Closing date

The closing date for completed applications has been extended to Monday 17 October 2016.

Short listed candidates will be invited to an informal discussion on the role and remit of the panel.


The panel is due to meet in Autumn 2017, with a likely commitment of approximately 3 days – mostly during the day. We will then meet occasionally to keep the revised scheme under review. Membership of the panel is not a salaried position but panel members will be paid a day session fee to cover their expenses and time commitment.

For more information, please read our PDF file downloadinformation pack for Independent Remuneration Panel member recruitment (PDF, 124kb).

How to apply

If you feel that you have the relevant experience, personal skills and qualities required, please apply by PDF file downloadcompleting the IRP application form (PDF, 15kb).

Please email your completed form to

Alternatively, you can post it to:
Kirsty Hunt
Democratic Services
Bracknell Forest Council
Easthampstead House
Town Square
RG12 1AQ

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