Members' Allowances Scheme for 2015-6
The Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 require local authorities to make a scheme of allowances for their members and to establish and maintain an independent remuneration panel to make recommendations to the Council about the scheme and the amounts to be paid.
The Regulations make specific provision for the London Councils (formerly the Association of London Government) to establish a panel, which could exercise the functions of an independent remuneration panel on behalf of London borough councils.
This panel most recently reviewed allowances in their report ‘The Remuneration of Councillors in London’ published in June 2014.
This notice sets out the allowances for Wandsworth councillors for the financial year 2015-16. At its meeting on 8 July 2015, the council decided not to accept the full amounts recommended by the independent panel, nor its proposal that allowances should be uprated for inflation in line with the local government pay award covering the period 1 January 2015 to 31 March 2016; instead, the council decided to leave the rate of allowances, including the Basic Allowance, unchanged for 2015-16 and for 2016-17.
Childcare and Dependent Carers' Allowance
The panel recommended that reimbursement could be paid through allowance schemes to those councillors who incur expenditure for the care of children or dependent relations whilst undertaking particular duties. The Panel recommended that a maximum hourly rate should be set locally and this was set at £9.26. The Panel sets out a number of conditions, which should apply. The Council agreed to follow the recommendations of the Panel and implement a scheme for childcare and dependent carers' allowance as recommended by the Panel.
The council may pay allowances to formal co-opted (non-elected) members of council committees and this was included in the Scheme at £746.54 per year. The exceptions are the two Independent Persons on the Standards Committee who each receive £400 per year.
Adoption and Fostering Panels
The council sets aside a fund of £4,400 per annum for those elected Members who serve on Adoption and Fostering Panels through the year. This is apportioned across the appointed Members.