The majority of members have not accepted any increase in their basic or special responsibility allowances since Dec 2008.Some Members’ allowances show a slight increase on last year’s following an IRP ruling that Monmouthshire County Council cannot charge its members for their basic IT package. But the council can charge for enhanced IT packages and these members continue to have the full rate deducted from their allowance.
Monmouthshire County Council’s basic members’ Allowance is £13,868. Special Responsibility Allowances, which are paid in addition to this, are as follows (note, all recipients of Special Responsibility Allowance claim below these figures):
· Leader - £32,360
· Deputy Leader - £18,492
· Cabinet Member - £13,869
· Main Opposition Leader - £9,708
· Select Committee Chair - £9,708
· Planning, Licencing and Audit Chairs - £9,708
. This is despite a recommendation by the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) in 2010 that the maximum payable for each should rise. The council accepted this recommendation, but most Members chose not to accept the new allowance rate.
The leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Cllr Peter Fox said:
“Being a councillor requires a huge amount of time. That obviously impacts on your ability to hold a full time job. So it’s only right that members receive an annual allowance, which is now recognised as a basic salary, to reflect that. I’m pleased to see that most of our members claimed less than the IRP recommended maximum. And that includes members of all parties who claimed special responsibility allowances. “
The full list of Members’ Allowances is attached. It is also available of the Monmouthshire County council web site, here.