All members of the Council (“Councillors”) receive a basic allowance. The Council must form an Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) which is made up of people independent from the Council. The Panel’s role is to consider the appropriate renumeration for Members and make recommendations to the Council. The Council may only pay allowances and expenses after considering a report from the IRP.
As a member of the IRP you will be asked to:
- Analyse and compare appropriate remuneration data from other councils and public bodies
- Hear evidence and consider representations from Councillors and senior officers
- Assess the roles and responsibilities of Members generally and of those with Special Responsibilities
- Consider Government guidance
- Analyse issues and evidence, to establish what needs to be done next and/or commission work as appropriate
- Make recommendations based on the above, with the intention of achieving an appropriate scheme of allowances for the Council
How much work is required, and how the Panel does that work, will be decided by the Panel. The time commitment therefore will be decided by the Panel, with assistance from Council staff. However, it is anticipated that the Panel will hold around 5 meetings prior to the report being produced.
About the Person
Ideally, you will be involved in the local community, but not politically active within it, and should have an interest in local government. The local community should recognise and respect you as bringing an independent, objective and informed perspective to the process. No particular professional background is specified, but the person should be able to demonstrate probity and high ethical standards. You should be able to interpret comparative data and economic trends, demonstrate respect for others, value diversity and respond sensitively to different circumstances.
You must not be disqualified from being a councillor, have been a member or officer of the council within the last 5 years and should not be the spouse, partner or close relation or friend of a councillor or officer.
How to apply
If you would like to apply, please send a copy of your CV or a summary of how you fill the above criteria as soon as possible to email@example.com and by no later than Sunday 14 August.
Training for IRP Members will be provided.
For an informal discussion about the role please email firstname.lastname@example.org.