How much should councillors be paid? You decide!

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon Borough Council is looking for someone to serve on an independent panel  to decide pay for councillors Swindon Borough Council is looking for someone to serve on an independent panel to decide pay for councillors

THE search is on for someone who can help decide how much Swindon’s councillors should be paid.

Swindon Borough Council is looking for a new person to serve on an independent five-strong panel which recommends the allowances and amounts of money paid to its elected members.

The appointment, to fill a vacancy, would be for three years and would normally involve a commitment of no more than 18 hours each year. An allowance of £200 a year will be paid, along with subsistence and travelling expenses.

Swindon Borough Council is required by the Local Government Act 2000 to have an Independent Remuneration Panel, which is responsible for making recommendations to the council about the type and level of allowances paid to councillors.

The panel also carries out a similar role for parish and town councils in Swindon. This is undertaken less frequently.

Anyone interested in the vacancy should contact Ian Willcox at the Council on (01793) 463601, or by email at iwillcox@swindon.gov.uk for more information or an application form. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 February 2014.

Applicants for membership of the panel should not be associated with the political groups on the Council, and must declare friendship or any other personal association with any member or officer of the Council.

Preference will be given to applicants who in the minds of the local community will be perceived as being independent of the council and its elected members.

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6:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Always Grumpy says...

What's the betting someone will be appointed who supports increasing payments to councilors, rather like the committee awarding huge pay rises to MP's.
Why don't I trust anything this council does farther than I could throw the lot of them?
What's the betting someone will be appointed who supports increasing payments to councilors, rather like the committee awarding huge pay rises to MP's. Why don't I trust anything this council does farther than I could throw the lot of them? Always Grumpy

10:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

deepimpact says...

Hmmm, I think you might be right there AG.
Hmmm, I think you might be right there AG. deepimpact

10:25pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Swindon Borough Council is required by the Local Government Act 2000 to have an Independent Remuneration Panel, which is responsible for making recommendations to the council about the type and level of allowances paid to councillors.


Trouble is, organisations set up by SBC have a habit of not being "independent" in every pure definition of the word
[quote]Swindon Borough Council is required by the Local Government Act 2000 to have an Independent Remuneration Panel, which is responsible for making recommendations to the council about the type and level of allowances paid to councillors.[/quote] Trouble is, organisations set up by SBC have a habit of not being "independent" in every pure definition of the word Empty Car Park

2:51pm Thu 9 Jan 14

candid friend says...

With the Cabinet system most of the councillors have nothing to do. American councils of a similar population to Swindon get by with 5 Executive Councillors.
Therefore councilors on the Cabinet should be given a reasonable payment, but not enough to encourage them to cut corners to try to keep their job.
The others "The Drones" should be given a nominal payment of £5000 a year to cover everything.
The payments for the Cabinet should be decided by an independent body staffed by people with real experience of local government-but who are not currently employed by the Council. Their decisions should be binding whether the Council agree to them or not.
With the Cabinet system most of the councillors have nothing to do. American councils of a similar population to Swindon get by with 5 Executive Councillors. Therefore councilors on the Cabinet should be given a reasonable payment, but not enough to encourage them to cut corners to try to keep their job. The others "The Drones" should be given a nominal payment of £5000 a year to cover everything. The payments for the Cabinet should be decided by an independent body staffed by people with real experience of local government-but who are not currently employed by the Council. Their decisions should be binding whether the Council agree to them or not. candid friend

2:55pm Thu 9 Jan 14

candid friend says...

by employed I mean not a current officer, or councilor.
by employed I mean not a current officer, or councilor. candid friend

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