At next week’s Full Council, there’s a proposal to give bigger payments to members of the cabinet, which has come via an independent panel:
? Cabinet members allowance to be set at 200% of the basic allowance, plus the basic allowance of ?4,250, making a total of ?12,750 per annum.
? Deputy Leader of the Council?s remuneration (That’s Councillor Mavis Webster) to be set at 300% of the basic allowance, plus the basic allowance of ?4,250, making a total of ?17,000 per annum.
? Leader of the Council?s remuneration (That’s Councillor Terry Cutmore) to be set at 500% of the basic allowance, plus the basic allowance of ?4,250, making a total of ?25,500.
? Some allowances to be given to independent members of the Standards Board (the panel that investigates complaints against councillors)
? All other allowances to remain at existing levels.
The officers report indicates the increased cost will be ?50,000 per year.
As background information – ordinary district councillors in Rochford get an allowance of ?4,250. Chris Black gets an extra 50% as leader of the opposition, making ?6,375. Ron Oatham gets nothing extrea for being deputy leader of the opposition group.
Just to clarify – those percentage figures are not the percentage increases for this year, they are the extra percentage for holding a particular position on the council.
Youn can see the current scheme here
At the moment:
:- Basic Allowance is ?4,250 per annum
Leader of the Council gets an extra 200% of Basic Allowance (total ?12750)
Deputy Leader of the Council gets an extra 100% of Basic Allowance (total ?8500)
Opposition Group Leader ? gets an extra 50% of Basic Allowance (total ?6375)
Cabinet Member ? gets an 50% of Basic Allowance + ?1,000 (?7375)
the leader’s figure goes from ?12750 to ?25500
the deputy leader’s figure goes from ?8500 to ?17000
the cabinet members figures go from ?7375 to ?12750
and these are only recommendations. It’s quite possible that the Conservative Group will decide that the increases are too high, or that individual cabinet members will decide to donate the money to charity.