Agenda and minutes
Independent Remuneration Panel
Wednesday 9th May, 2012 10.15 am, NEW
Venue: Town Hall, Bootle
Contact: Paul Fraser
Election of Chair
To elect a Chair of the Panel for the 2012–13 Municipal Year
That Canon Roger Driver be appointed Chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel for the 2012 -2013 Municipal Year.
Declarations of Interest
Members and Officers are requested to give notice of any personal or prejudicial interest and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the relevant Code of Conduct.
No declarations of interest were received.
Minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 2011
That the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 2011 be confirmed as a correct record.
Members' Allowance Scheme 2012-13
To take part in an induction/refresh session in connection with the Members’ Allowance Scheme 2012-13
Members of the Panel met to take part in an induction/refresh session to aid them in formulating an objective review of the Members’ Allowance Scheme for 2012/13.
Prior to the meeting, Panel Members were provided with the following information:-
Appendix A - Wirral MBC report of the Independent Panel on Members’ Allowances
Appendix B - Comparison of Local Authority Allowances
Appendix C - Members currently receiving SRA’s
Appendix D -Cabinet Portfolio responsibilities across Council functions and corresponding remit of Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Appendix E - Members’ attendance at meetings
Appendix F- Role descriptions/person specifications for Cabinet Members; Leader (and Deputy Leaders); Mayor of the Council; Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairs; Overview and Scrutiny Committee Members; Elected Members; Chair of Regulatory Committee, Area Committee and Standards Committees; and Regulatory Committee, Area Committee and Standards Committee Members
Appendix G -National Census of Local Authority Councillors Executive Summary and the time spent on Council activities.
Margaret Rawding, Head of Corporate Finance and ICT made a short presentation to Members updating on the budget position of the Council. Mrs. Rawding indicated that £44 million of cuts had been delivered in 2011/12; that £20 million of cuts would need to be made in 2012/13; and that significant cuts were forecast to be made in 2013/14 and 2014/15 and that the legislative changes associated with Council Tax support would also impact the Council’s budgetary position. With regard to reductions, Mrs. Rawding indicated that the Council’s senior management structure and associated management and support had been reduced by 25%; that critical frontline, regulatory business efficiencies had been made and services restructured; whilst some services had ceased. Mrs. Rawding also detailed the staffing implications of the cuts which included the cessation of incremental pay increases since 2008/09; no pay inflation increases since 2009; staff taking 4 days unpaid leave per year (a 1.2% pay cut); and that both voluntary and compulsory redundancies had been made. Mrs. Rawding concluded that the Council’s financial situation would be monitored very closely but that in the future, services would continue to shrink and tough political decisions would have to be taken.
Ms. Andrea Grant, Head of Governance and Civic Services circulated a copy of the Members’ Allowance Scheme from the Council’s Constitution and provided specific information on the “multiplier” applied to the Special Responsibility Allowances. Ms. Grant also updated on the new political composition of the Council and advised that new governance arrangements were awaited from the Leader of the Council. Once such new arrangements were known and approved by Council on 15 May 2012, then the Scheme of Members’ Allowances would need to be quickly reviewed.
The Chair, Canon Driver circulated a proposal that aimed to simplify the Allowance Scheme by creating 4 levels of payment that depended on the responsibilities of Councillors. The 4 categories related to Leader of the Council; Cabinet Member; Senior Councillor – a Councillor who held a significant position of responsibility in the Council’s political management structure, for example, Chair of a ... view the full minutes text for item 4.