Independent Remuneration Panel

The Independent Remuneration Panel advises Cumberland Council on the level of remuneration to be paid to Councillors, in accordance with The Local Authorities (Members Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003

What does the panel do?

The Independent Remuneration Panel is made up of independent persons and their primary function is to make recommendations to Council on:

  • The level of Members’ Basic Allowance;
  • Which duties or responsibilities should lead to the payment of Special Responsibility Allowances and the amount of such allowances;
  • The duties for which travelling and subsistence allowances can be paid and the amount of those allowances;
  • The level of co-optees’ allowances;
  • Whether the Scheme of Allowances should include an allowance for expenses of Members in arranging child-care or dependent relative care and if so the level of that allowance;
  • Whether there should be any backdating of an allowance to the start of the financial year, in the event of any change to allowances mid-year;
  • The nature of any index by which allowances are updated annually and for how long any such index should apply.

The Panel will be supported administratively by the Council’s Interim Monitoring Officer and a Democratic Services Officer.  This support role will:

  • Manage agendas for meetings, in liaison with the Chair;
  • Assemble information and arrange evidence as required;
  • Advise on the workings of the Council and Member roles; write notes of meetings in order to help construct final reports.

Want to be a member of the panel?

The Council wishes to appoint Independent Members to serve on the Panel.

Applications are therefore invited from persons to serve as an Independent Member on the Panel. No particular qualifications are required, however an interest in local government would be beneficial. Current serving employees and Members of Cumberland Council and those disqualified from becoming a member of Cumberland Council will not be considered, nor will any person currently actively engaged in politics.

The Council will pay an annual allowance of £500 per annum for panel members and £600 per annum for the Chair and travel expenses. Meetings will be held in locations to be determined across Cumberland. It is not anticipated that more than 4 meetings a year (8 in the first year) will be required.

Further details are available from Catherine Parkinson, Interim Monitoring Officer at Monitoring.Officer@Cumberland.gov.uk

Application packs are available from the Monitoring Officer at: Monitoring.Officer@Cumberland.gov.uk

Completed applications should be returned to the address below or alternatively emailed no later than 15 July 2022.

Postal address: Ms C.A. Parkinson, Interim Monitoring Officer, C/O Cumbria House, 107 - 117 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1RD

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Background information

Following the Elections on 5 May 2022, Cumberland Council comprises of 46 Elected Members.  Cumberland Council is currently operating as a shadow authority.  During this period, it is preparing to assume full local government functions and powers on 1 April 2023.   

The shadow authority is required under the Cumbria (Structural Changes) Order 2022 to prepare and adopt a scheme for the payment of allowances to the members of the shadow authority and to formulate proposals for the scheme of members’ allowances to be adopted by Cumberland Council from 1 April 2023.  The shadow authority adopted a scheme at its first meeting on 17 May 2022 on the basis that the scheme would be reviewed and brought back for further consideration within three months. 

The Council is required under the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 to establish and maintain an Independent Remuneration Panel to review and make recommendations to the Council on the level of allowances to be paid to Members, and other non-elected people such as co-opted members.

The Council wishes to establish a panel which can review and make recommendations on its existing scheme and on the new scheme to be adopted from 1 April 2023.

Term of Office

It is intended that the Panel will have five members who will serve for a five-year term. The Panel will appoint a Chair and Deputy Chair who will be subject to an annual review.  The Panel will meet on an ad hoc basis.

Allowances

Members of the Panel will receive an annual allowance of £500 together with reasonable travel expenses.   The Chair of the Panel will receive an annual allowance of £600 together with reasonable travel expenses due to their additional responsibilities.  The allowance will be paid monthly.

Eligibility

You are not eligible for appointment if you

  • are a member or officer of Cumberland Council;
  • are a close friend or relative of any member, co-opted member or officer of the Cumberland Council;
  • have close business or professional links with Cumberland Council or other relationship which may give rise to a conflict of interest;
  • are politically active;
  • are disqualified from becoming a Member of Cumberland Council.