Member of the Independent Remuneration Panel
Closing date: 1 Oct 2019
Interview date: TBC
Location: Gloucester City Council, Stroud District Council or Gloucestershire County Council
Would you like to be a member of Stroud District Council and Gloucester City Council’s shared members’ allowances’ panel?
Stroud District Council and Gloucester City Council are looking for members of the public to join its shared Members’ Allowances Panel which is responsible for reviewing the levels of allowances paid to Councillors. The operation of the Panel is crucial in providing the impartiality which enables public confidence in the allowance system. The Panel aims to be fair, open and effective.
Applications to join the Panel are invited from interested people. You must:
- be of the highest integrity;
- be able to understand and analyse complex issues;
- have good literacy and numeracy skills;
- be able to exercise sound judgement in considering evidence;
- not be disqualified from standing as a Councillor; and
- not be a Councillor within the Borough/District or employee of Stroud District Council or Gloucester City Council (or a close relative of either) or serve on any of their Committees, Sub-Committees (for example as a co-opted Member) or other joint arrangements;
- not have any active connections with any political party;
- be willing to attend meetings in Stroud and Gloucester and communicate regularly via email.
This is not a paid position, but reasonable travel expenses will be payable.
This is a unique opportunity to be involved in an important aspect of local government, as well as gain a real insight into the roles of Councillors and the work they undertake.
If you are interested in applying to join the Panel, a person specification and further information regarding the Panel is attached, along with an application form.
Applications should be made to Tanya Davies, Policy and Governance Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL
The 1989 Local Government and Housing Act requires local authorities to establish and maintain a Scheme for Members’ Allowances. The basic provisions of the Act have been fleshed out in subsequent Regulations. The 1991 Regulations provide that it is for each local authority to decide its Scheme and the amounts to be paid under that Scheme.
The Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 required Councils to establish and maintain an Independent Remuneration Panel or Members’ Allowances Panel. The purpose of the Panel is to make recommendations to the authority about the allowances to be paid to elected Members. Local authorities must have regard to this advice when agreeing on a Scheme of Allowances.
The Regulations set out that a Members’ Allowances Scheme can provide for the following allowances to be payable to elected Members of local authorities:
- Basic Allowance.
- Special Responsibility Allowance.
- Childcare and Dependent Carers' Allowance.
- Travel and Subsistence Allowance.
Recruitment of a New Panel
The 2003 Regulations do not specify how a local authority may go about finding members of its Panel. It is important that the process commands public confidence throughout all the communities in the local authority's area and, to achieve this, the appointments process should result in the membership of its Panel being truly independent, well qualified to discharge the functions of the Panel and representative of the diversity of the communities in the local authority's area.
Interviews may be conducted to assess the relevant skills and experience of candidates together with the necessary objectivity and absence of preconceived opinions.
When appointed, Panel members will receive training to assist with their role.