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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by alan naylor

13th January 2014, at 03:10:24

With Camerons new bill that all revenue from Parking tickets fines ECT ECT must be submited and accounted for too cental goverment this year will not repeat will not be used for council cash flow ie jollies ect ect I will be voting cons this year folks tighten your belts lads the hens coming home to roost

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by roger mazillius

12th January 2014, at 17:13:49

CR, to the best of my knowledge, the new administration are taking the same amount as "the last lot" In any event the level of allowances is set by an Independent Remuneration Committee. The "last Council" voted for a four year freeze on any increase in allowances and the present rate is I think frozen for a further year.
The hours and responsibilities of the Leader, Cabinet Members and Chairman of Committees/Scrutiny Panels are long and often complex. To think that they should commit to such work without fiscal reward is analogous to expecting you to work for free or only a small part of a weekly wage.
Ask your local Councillors for their view. Perhaps they will invite you to take over from them for nothing!

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by Colin Russell

12th January 2014, at 15:16:15

Susannah, Thats how it works from Goverment { i,m alright jacks} right down the line to what we got here, as long as some one else is paying, you only have to look at the last Council [some of them not all],
And when things go wrong for the BOYS ie Chris Paton when he lost his Bath seat as an MP to the lib dems he stood there blulbing away like a big baby so what happened John Major made him Governor of Hong Kong so thats how it works, CP; Its well documented

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by Susannah Thornton

11th January 2014, at 16:04:34

£11,549 in allowances? For some, that is not even a year's salary on full time work!

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by Mike Crowe

11th January 2014, at 10:56:04

'About' 15 years ago when Tina Bailey was the Clerk and I was on the 'Fairway Park' committee getting that ready for football once again .... or was it longer ago?

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by alan naylor

11th January 2014, at 10:35:26

I have looked through the arcivies of the council Mr Crow and i fail to see your name anywhere tell me what years did you serve please so i can reveiw your voting record thank you

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by Terry Dalley

11th January 2014, at 07:22:27

It would not be a bad idea to halve the allowances and let the counsellors struggle like the rest of us then perhaps they would realise what the people who vote for them are going through instead of giving them money on top of their income to cushion the struggle.

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by K Thornton

10th January 2014, at 19:48:13

And there was me thinking the true believers always thought that the new messiah would come to them in December....

I do like a good laugh Lee, and you are a couple of weeks late, but carry on.

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by david wright

10th January 2014, at 18:47:28

@ Don,
Sorry Don i thought we lived in a democracy and had the right to an opinion especially about our elected public servants and their behaviour. Or am i wrong and i have moved to China?

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by Mike Crowe

10th January 2014, at 18:40:22

Don, I have achieved more for the Parish after I came off the council than I did when I was on it. Why? Because as an individual you can 'say more', but as a Parish Councillor, everything you want to achieve HAS to go through the council and the Parish Clerk. A Parish Clerk can, quite legitimately say 'You can't say or do that' whereas as an individual you can write what you like to who you like....... subject to manners and courtesy of course.

So no, you won't see me on the ballot paper, but that doesn't stop me fighting a cause and yes I have one going at the moment which a Councillor has not been able to achieve. His/her hands are tied .... mine are not.

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