Decision details

Review of councillor allowances by the East Kent Joint Independent Remuneration Panel (minute 468)

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Information Only

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No



That the recommendations of the East Kent Joint Independent Remuneration Panel be accepted, as follows – 


a.  That the current Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2019/20 be endorsed subject to a recommendation that the remuneration of the Chair of the Audit Committee be increased from £531.95 to £2659.87.

b. That the limit on the number of Special Responsibility Allowances that could be paid to a single member (excluding the group leaders allowance) be maintained. 

c. That the rate at which the Carers’ Allowance is paid be changed from the National Minimum Wage to the National Living Wage. 

d. That the travel and subsistence allowances should continue to remain in line with HMRC approved rates. 

e. That the current practice of linking increases to councillors allowances to the staff pay award continue until such time as a further review is commissioned.


2.   That the council appoints the East Kent Joint Independent Remuneration Panel to undertake reviews of councillor allowances and associated matters for a further four year period expiring 30 November 2023, and that Mr Ken London, be reappointed as the council’s representative on the Panel for the same period.



Publication date: 12/02/2020

Date of decision: 08/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 08/01/2020 - Council