Independent Remuneration Panel
The Independent Remuneration Panel:
- is made up 5 people
- meets on a regular basis to discuss councillors’ allowances
No one on the panel is a councillor or council employee.
What the panel does
The Independent Remuneration Panel reviews the allowances scheme which includes:
- the councillors’ basic allowance
- the special responsibility allowance
- child care and dependant carer 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 council committees)
The panel bases any recommendations it makes by:
- looking at a large amount of data to set the scheme within a national and regional context
- comparing against other local authorities
- interviewing councillors
- looking at examples of good practice
The panel also meets individual councillors to discuss how the scheme is working.
The panel may be asked to review allowances for town and parish councillors as well as other reviews such as consideration of the mayoral allowance.
At its full council meeting on Wednesday 28 February 2018, Bracknell Forest Council approved the majority of the recommendations received from an Independent Remuneration Panel in respect of its scheme for the payment of allowances to Members to be implemented from 1 April 2018.
The council agreed the following Panel recommendations:
- that Co-optees’ Allowance, Dependant’s Carers’ Allowance (DCA), Subsistence and Overnight Accommodation Allowances are adjusted for inflation by the nationally agreed pay increase for local government employees and rounded up to the nearest pound (£)
- that out of borough mileage rates continue to be indexed to HMRC AMAP mileage rates
- that the Governance & Audit Committee co-optee is paid an allowance of £291 per year
- that a co-optee member preparing for and attending a Code of Conduct Panel meeting is paid £30.14 for meetings not exceeding 4 hours and £59.10 for meetings over 4 hours
- that the required age of the person providing childcare is amended to “16 or over” and it is clarified that the maximum amount of childcare claimable per approved duty is regardless of the number of dependants a councillor may have
- that the proposed changes are implemented from 1 April 2018 with the exception of the Co-optees’ Allowances and changes to the DCA which should be from the date council agrees the changes
- the council agreed not to adjust the Basic Allowance or Special Responsibility Allowances for inflation