County Councillors should accept Remuneration Panel Recommendations

July 12, 2017 11:20 AM
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

At Thursday's County Council meeting the Kent Liberal Democrats will propose that the allowances paid to members should follow the recommendations of the independent Member Remuneration Panel. The modest increases proposed by the Panel will restore member allowances to the 2009 levels and set an appropriate indexation for future years.

Rob BirdLeader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Rob Bird, commented ahead of Thursday's Council meeting, "No-one should doubt the commitment and sheer hard work of many councillors. This should be rewarded fairly. However, it has been suggested in certain quarters that a more substantial increase is needed to bring KCC member allowances more into line with commercial levels. This may be fair, but it is not right.

"Councillors put themselves forward for election in May knowing the level of allowances they could expect. It is not acceptable for councillors to vote through a substantial increase in their allowances within a couple of months of coming into office.

"The independent Panel appointed last Autumn has gone to great lengths to determine the appropriate level of remuneration for councillors. They have listened to the views of many members and former members. They have examined the remuneration levels set by other local authorities, they have taken into account the economic background.

"Earlier this week the Government announced that, for yet another year, teachers' pay rises will be capped at 1%. Other public-sector workers continue to see their incomes being eroded by the Government's austerity measures. I hope all members of Kent County Council will remember this on Thursday."

Note: The report of the Member Remuneration Panel and associated papers can be found on pages 195-258 of the agenda papers for the County Council meeting on 13th June.