Councils are required to keep their Members’ Allowances schemes under review. It is also a requirement of the regulations governing the making and amendment of allowances schemes that an independent remuneration panel (IRP) be established to a local authority to review allowances and make recommendations to it.

Applications are currently being sought from members of the public who are interested in becoming a member of the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel being established to review the elected members’ allowances scheme.  The Council is looking to appoint three persons to review and make recommendations for the allowances to apply for the incoming Council administration in 2023-27.

Specifically, the Panel’s role is to make and present recommendations, on:

  • the amount of basic allowance that should be payable to its elected Members;
  • about the roles and responsibilities for which a Special Responsibility allowance should be payable and as to the amount of each such allowance;
  • whether the Council’s allowances scheme should include an allowance in respect of the expenses of arranging for the care of children and dependants and, if;
  • such a recommendation is made, the amount of this allowance and the means by which it is determined; and
  • on other allowances (i.e. travel and subsistence allowance and allowances for attendance at certain meetings and conferences).

The Regulations require that the Council must have regard to the recommendations made to them by the Independent Panel before making or amending its allowance scheme.

The Panel will be required to meet in November / December 2022 and report to Cabinet and Council in January / February 2023.

This is an opportunity to advise on the way in which elected members are reimbursed for their public service.

Knowledge or experience of finance or local government would be helpful and political impartiality is essential; training and support will be provided.  Panel members should be genuinely independent, details of the criteria to ensure this can be found in the application pack.

How to Apply

You can download the recruitment pack, which includes an application form, by clicking on the link below:

Alternatively, please contact Democratic Services for a recruitment pack at democraticservices@rother.gov.uk

Closing date for applications is 23 September 2022. Interviews will take place on 3 October 2022 at the Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea.

At the end of each scheme year the Council is also required to publish the sums paid in that year to each Member in respect of Basic, Special Responsibility, Co-optees’, Travel and Subsistence Allowances. The latest public notice can be found at the bottom of this page which will refer to the previous council civic year. Public Notices for previous years are available on request.