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Vacancies for chair and members of the Independent remuneration panel

The role of the Independent Member

  • To receive reports from officers of the Council in connection with the Member’s Allowances Scheme

  • To formulate a view as to any appropriate changes to the Members Allowances Scheme

  • To attend meetings of the Independent Remuneration Panel, as appropriate, and contribute to the production of recommendations from the Panel to be put before the Council

You will be one of up to five independent members who sit on the Panel. Panel Members receive a fee of £250 per report with the Chair receiving £700 per report. There are currently two vacancies, one for the position of Chair and one for an independent member.

Each will serve a term of four years, which may be renewed up to a maximum of 2 further terms.

The estimated time commitment to undertake the role can vary from year to year and will depend on the level of analysis required by the Panel when reviewing the Members Allowances Scheme each year. The majority of work takes place around June each year.

View details of the current Members Allowances Scheme (PDF 65KB).


The functions of the Independent Remuneration Panel

The Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 require every local authority to establish an Independent Remuneration Panel consisting of at least three members to (monitor and) review the Members' Allowances Scheme and make recommendations to full Council. No amendments can be made to the Council's Members’ Allowances Scheme without Council having considered the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel.

The Government’s approach is to enable councils to determine the amounts to be payable to elected members, having regard to local circumstances; but to sharpen the accountability by having to appoint a local panel whose members are required to be independent of the council.

The Independent Remuneration Panel has the following functions:

  • To make recommendations to the Council on the amount of basic allowance which should be payable to all elected members.

  • To make recommendations to the Council about the responsibilities or duties for which a special responsibility allowance should be payable and as to the amount of each such allowance. Special Responsibility Allowance is payable for those councillors who have significant additional responsibilities

  • To make recommendations to the Council as to whether the Council’s Allowances scheme should include an allowance in respect of expenses for:
    • a) Travel and Subsistence,
    • b) The care of children and dependants, the amount of such allowances and the means by which they are determined

  • To make recommendations to the Council about the responsibilities or duties for which a co-optees’ allowance should be payable and as to the amount of such allowance. This is an allowance payable to people who are co-opted onto the Councils committees

  • Whether annual adjustments of allowance levels may be made by reference to an index, and, if so, for how long such a measure should run

Further information

A document containing the person specification, information on disqualification criteria and the application process can be downloaded from the Documents section.

A role description can be obtained from Andy Hodson, Head of Governance and Scrutiny by contacting by email andy.hodson@leeds.gov.uk or by telephone: 0113 378 8660.

If you are interested in this role please apply in writing enclosing your CV. The closing date for applications is 17th November 2017.

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