All 47 members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council are in line to get a pay rise under the latest draft recommendations of the “Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales”.
The salaries of ordinary Vale Councilliors will rise to £13,400 a year – with extra payments if they carry responsibilities like chairing committees or are members of the 5-strong so-called ‘cabinet’ of the council.
In making its determinations the Remuneration Panel says ” Although public sector funding continues to be constrained , the Panel considers that a modest increase in the basic salary is justified and has determined there shall be an increase of £100 (which equates to 0.75%) from Spring 2017 to the basic salary for members of principal councils.”
The panel says the increase for councillors will “help to limit further erosion of relative levels of remuneration in the basic salary paid in recognition of the duties expected of all elected members”.
All 47 Vale of Glamorgan Councillors would become eligible for the new higher basic salary of £13,400 per year in the next financial year (2017/18). In addition, under the latest Remuneration Panel determination, up to 18 Vale councillors can be appointed as so-called “Senior Councillors”
Leader of the Vale Council (currently Cllr Neil Moore) would receive £48,100 p.a . (which includes the basic £13,400 a year).
Deputy Leader of the Vale Council (currently Cllr Lis Burnett) would receive £33,600 p.a. (which includes the basic £13,400 a year) .
The Vale of Glamorgan Council can now – if it wishes- pay all five members of its so-called ‘cabinet’ at the rate of £29,100 a year (which includes the basic £13,400 a year) .
Chairs of “Level 1” committees will be paid a salary of £22,100 (which includes the basic £13,400 a year)
Chairs of “Level 2” committees will be paid a salary of £20,100 (which includes the basic £13,400 a year)
Leader of largest opposition group is now eligible to be paid £22,100 (which includes the basic £13,400 a year) . The leaders of other political groups can be paid £17,100 (which includes the basic £13,400 a year)
All councillors can join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Car travel expenses can be claimed at 45p per mile for up to 10,000 miles a year
- Car travel in excess of 10,000 miles year is to be paid at 25p a mile
- An extra 5p a mile is claimable for every passenger carried on official business
- Motorcycling councillors can claim 24p per mile for travel on official business
- Bicycling councillors can charge 20p per mile for official teavel
- When away on official business, councillors can claim reimbursement of subsistence costs of £28 per day for meals, including breakfast, where not provided in the overnight charge.
- Overnight stays in London are reimbursed at the rate of £200 per night and £95 a night elsewhere. If staying with friends and/or family, councillors can claim £30 a night
The draft determinations of the Independent Remuneration Panel are due to be discussed by a council committee later this week .