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Cabinet Decision: 12th January 2012
Title of Item/Report
Members' Allowances
Record of the Decision
Cabinet considered a report of the Independent Members' Allowances Remuneration Panel.

Members were asked to consider the Panel's report and, in particular, its recommendations. It was noted that Council would consider any recommendations from Cabinet, at its meeting on 18 January 2012.

Cabinet supported many of the principles outlined in the Panel's report and recommendations, however, alternative proposals were submitted which Members considered, would be appropriate to Stockton on Tees Borough Council.

The proposals were:

1. An overall budget reduction of 4% for 2012/13;


2.Basic Allowance (and Co-optee Allowance) frozen, reflecting employee position; for the period of this scheme, the Basic Allowance would be adjusted annually in accordance with National Joint Council for Local Goverment Employees . The period of the scheme would be 2012/13 to 2014/15 inclusively.


3. All Special Responsibility Allowances (SRAs) to be linked in % terms to the Leader's Allowance
i. Deputy Leader 55% (w.e.f. 1.6.11)
ii. Cabinet Members 45%
iii. Chairs 25%
iv. Vice Chairs 12%
v. Other Groups 45% in total
Leader's Allowance to be linked as per the Basic Allowance with the consequent adjustment to SRAs.


4. Group Leaders Allowances to be apportioned on Council seats won at election, rather than votes, with a minimum of 3 seats comprising a Group (5% of total, rounded up).


5. All Chairs and Vice Chairs to receive the same respective SRAs


6. No Councillor to receive more than one SRA from the Council with the exception of Mayoral Allowances; where a Councillor occupied two qualifying positions, then only the higher allowance be paid. The element of this proposal relating to a Councillor receiving no more than one SRA from the Council would, however, be the subject of further consultation.


7. Child Care and Dependent Carers' Allowances - no change.


8. 4% reduction to Mayoral & Deputy Mayoral Allowances, in line with savings elsewhere;


9. No change to Travel, Subsistence and Pensions.



Members noted the financial implications of the proposals for 2012/13, which would see a saving of 34,300:


Basic - 9,300
Leader - 26,800
Deputy Leader - 14,740
Cabinet Member - 12,060
Committee Chair - 6,700
Committee Vice Chair - 3,350

Leader, Conservative - 5,360
Leader IBIS - 2,680
Leader TIA - 2,233
Leader Lib Dem - 1,787
Leader BIA - 0

Mayor - 16,800
Deputy Mayor - 5,280

Co opted - 650

RECOMMENDED to Council that

1. it approve the proposals, as detailed above.

2. further consultation takes place, as detailed at 6 above.
Reasons for the Decision
The Members' Allowances Regulations required local authorities to revise existing Schemes and make new Schemes following a review by and consideration of recommendations from an Independent Remuneration Panel.

At the Council's request the Panel had undertaken a review of allowances and had made recommendations as regards the same.

The Council was required to consider the Panel's report and recommendations.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Independent Remuneration Panel's Report
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Councillors Beall, Coleman, Cook, Dixon, Harrington, Mrs McCoy, Nelson, Rose and Smith declared a personal, non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Members' Allowances as they were each entitled to receive some of the allowances under discussion.
Details of any Dispensations
Not applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Not applicable
Attachment

Date of Publication: 17 January 2012


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