Councils seek volunteers to recommend councillors’ allowances

Councils seek volunteers to recommend councillors’ allowances

Would you like to be involved in setting councillors’ expenses and allowances that are reasonable for the work they do?

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are looking for volunteers to help them set councillors’ allowances.

The councils are together looking to fill voluntary vacancies on a joint Independent Remuneration Panel. The panel will consist of at least three members of the public. It will meet to make recommendations to the councils about the allowances to pay elected councillors.

The panel will look to ensure local councillors give value for money, but also that they are not seriously out of pocket. The panel will look at aspects such as pay for comparable jobs, the responsibilities of different councillor roles, and the hours councillors work.

By law, the council has to appoint a panel of qualified people, truly independent of the council. We are inviting members of the local community, the business community or voluntary organisations to apply. Almost anyone eligible to stand as a district councillor can be on the panel although there are a few exclusions to ensure the panel is truly independent.

We would expect successful candidates to serve in the roles until May 2020 although after this initial review there is very little commitment needed. Although this is a purely voluntary role, we will pay travelling expenses.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31 August. For more information, email democratic.services@southandvale.gov.uk or call on 01235 422523. Please click here for the application pack.