Panel recommends freeze on councillors' allowances

By Ross Findon

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

ALLOWANCES for Isle of Wight Councillors should not be increased this year, according to a report by an independent panel.

In an interim report, due to be considered by Isle of Wight Council on Wednesday (15), the Independent Remuneration Panel recommended there should be no general increase in members’ allowances for 2013/14.

All councillors receive a basic allowance of £7,903 a year, which the panel said was above the regional average of £6,182, but below the average for unitary authorities.

Councillors with special responsibilities receive additional allowances, paid on top of the basic allowance.

In June, the newly elected Independent council voted lower some allowances.

Special responsibility allowances include council leader Cllr Ian Stephens, who receives £11,549. This was well below the regional and unitary authority averages of £17,626 and £20,176 respectively, according to the report.

The panel recommended other special responsibility payments, originally agreed in June, also be implemented, including £7,306 for cabinet members, £2,902 for deputy cabinet members, £6006.13 for the planning committee chair and £5,532 for the chairs of the Isle of Wight Council and the overview and scrutiny, scrutiny panels.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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