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MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES SCHEME

 

 

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The following allowances are payable to members of South Staffordshire Council (“the Council”)  from 1st April 2014, to 31st March 2015 and each year thereafter unless amended or revoked, namely,
  • an annual basic allowance of £5,000 payable monthly to all members of the Council;
  • an annual special responsibility allowance payable monthly to those members  who hold the following office under the Council at the rates indicated against each office and additional to the basic allowance:

         Leader of the Council
£10,000
         Deputy Leaders (the five portfolio holders)
£5,000
         Leader of the Major Opposition Group
£2,500
         Chairman of the Regulatory Committee
£2,500
         Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee
£2,500
         Chairman of the Standards Committee
£2,500
         Chairman of the Licensing Committee
£2,500
             Chairman of the Audit Committee £2,500

 

    

      on the basis that only one special responsibility allowance will be paid to a member in addition

      to the basic allowance;

  • travel and subsistence allowances in accordance with the Council’s scheme for the time being relating to the same (including, for the avoidance of doubt, parking charges,) for officers paid on spinal column point 44 with the Council Offices, Codsall, being regarded as the normal place of work for the purposes of that scheme and payable in respect of all duties falling within the categories specified in regulation 8 of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003.
  • an annual allowance to the Chairman of the Council of £5,000 payable monthly under the provisions of Section 3 of the Local Government Act, 2000, in addition to the annual basic allowance on the basis that no special responsibility allowance will be paid to the Chairman; and
  • an annual allowance to the Vice-Chairman of the Council of £2,500 payable monthly under the provisions of Section 5 of the Local Government Act, 2000, in addition to the annual basic allowance on the basis that no special responsibility allowance will be paid to the Vice-Chairman.

 

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Where a term of office of any person covered by this scheme begins or ends otherwise than at the beginning or end of a year, the entitlement shall be to payment of such part of the allowance as bears to the whole the same proportion as the number of days during which the term of office as member subsists bears to the number of days in that year.

  

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Where payment of any allowance has already been made in respect of any period during which any person covered by this scheme is concerned is:

 

 

(i)

 

ceases to be a member of the Council; or

 

  (ii) is in any other way not entitled to receive the allowance in respect of that period.
 

 

the Council may require that such part of the allowance as relates to any such period be repaid to the Council. 

 

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Where a member of the Council is also a member of another authority, that member may not receive allowances from more than one authority in respect of the same duties.

 

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Members of the Council shall be entitled to pensions in accordance with a scheme made under Section 7 of the Superannuation Act, 1972, where the law so provides, and in such case both the basic allowance and the special responsibility allowance may be treated as amounts in respect of which such pensions are payable in accordance with that scheme.

 

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Any person covered by this scheme may, by notice in writing given to the Chief Executive, elect to forego the entitlement or any part of the entitlement to allowances.

 

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Any person covered by this scheme shall supply on a monthly basis, any claim for travelling and/or subsistence allowances to which they have become entitled during the previous month and details of any other expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as a councillor and for which they have not been reimbursed. 

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Claims for travelling and subsistence allowances must be made within three months of the end of the month in which they arose failing which the Council’s Section 151 Officer shall refuse to pay them.

 

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As soon as reasonably practicable the Director of Legal and Public Health Protection Services shall ensure that the provisions relating to the publicity required for this scheme and for the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel are met.

 

 

 

Main Contact

Members Allowance Scheme Enquiries

Legal and Public Health Protection Services

Telephone: (01902) 696132

Fax (01902) 696149

Email: d.pattison@sstaffs.gov.uk      

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