We are looking for people, passionate about the local area, to join an Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to help review our Members’ Allowances Scheme.

We are required to have a Members’ Allowances Scheme whereby councillors (elected members) are entitled to fair allowances and expenses to cover the basic costs of carrying out their duties. This helps ensure people from all walks of life have the opportunity to act as local representatives. Allowances recognise that people are offering their time to act as elected representatives of local people so provide some financial recompense.

Those wishing to join the IRP should be interested in the local area, be aged 18 or above and may have particular experience and skills such as awareness of local government, financial expertise, commercial skills, community relations expertise. They should also have the ability to judge the relative value of different roles undertaken by elected members and the ability to understand a range of information and ask questions, make recommendations and present findings.

Full reviews of the scheme usually take place every four years to help ensure that allowances and expenses are fit for purpose and reflect current trends, the next one is due in 2022. However partial reviews may also be carried within the four year period and it is expected that one will commence this year.

For more information about the role and eligibility for appointment, please download the information pack [PDF, 0.1MB].

Applications should be returned by Monday 30 November 2020.

Application Form for Appointment as a Member of the Independent Remuneration Panel