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Members' Allowances Scheme
Eastleigh Borough Council operates a scheme for the payment
of allowances to members. This scheme is defined in exercise of the
powers conferred by the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances)
Regulations 2003 and the Local Government Act 2000: New
Constitutions - Allowances for members of Local Authorities.
The current scheme for members’
allowances was introduced in June 2001. This scheme was adopted in
response of the requirements of the Local Government Act 2000.
Periodically the Council asks an Independent Panel to make
proposals for the scheme. The Independent Panel reconvened in 2010
to consider the scheme for the second half of 2010/2011 and future
years. Their recommendations were largely adopted by the Council in
The scheme in operation
With effect from 1 April 2007, an increase was made dependent on
the salary increase of the mid-point of a scale 6 employee; with
the exception of scale 9 for the Leader. This was reaffirmed as the
correct link in October 2010 whilst also noting that in July 2010
the Council had agreed to freeze allowances for two years.
Basic allowance 2012/2013 -
£5,685 per year (paid monthly).
Certain roles in the political management of
the Council require work over and beyond that that could reasonably
be considered covered by the basic allowance. These roles attract a
“special responsibility allowance”. The Independent Panel
considered the political management roles of the Council in
structuring this element of the scheme. The specific elements of
the scheme are given in the following table:
Allowances for 2012/2013
|Leader of the Council
|Deputy Leader of the Council
|Area Committee Chair
|Area Committee Vice-Chair
|Scrutiny Panel Chair
|Scrutiny Panel Vice Chair
|Minority Group Leader
|Admin Committee Chair
|Standards Committee Chair
Travel and Subsistence
The scheme also provides payments to Members
for travelling and subsistence while on Council business. The key
elements of the members’ travelling and subsistence scheme are:
The scheme allows for the claiming of travel
and subsistence allowances in relation to approved duties as
reviewed by the Council from time to time.
Members should not be penalised merely because
of their place of residence in the Borough.
Travel is paid for attending Council meetings
and outside bodies.
Claims for travel to be made from where the
travel commences, but deducting any costs that would have been
incurred in getting to the place of residence.
Future increases to be linked to those of
staff essential user rates
The current (2012/13) rates of travel and
The rates quoted below are linked to the
essential user rates for staff.
From 1 June 2011 - mileage rates payable to
members – 45 pence per mile (and remains at this rate for the year
For journeys outside the Borough the
second-class train fare or the mileage payment is payable.
The subsistence sums quoted below:
|Subsistence payable to
|For more than 4 hours but less than 8 hours
|For more than 8 hours but less than 12 hours
|For more than 12 hours
Childcare and dependent carer’s allowance
A childcare and dependent carer allowance is payable where
actual expenditure is incurred. Payments are based on the actual
cost of care but should not exceed £10 per hour other than in
exceptional circumstances. In June 2001 this element of the scheme
was updated to reflect government regulations. The meetings payable
at Eastleigh include the Council, Cabinet, Area Committees,
Scrutiny and representing the Council on outside bodies.
The Council seeks to conduct its business efficiently and with
minimal wastage. As such, it will provide to a Member upon
election: a computer or laptop with a dial-back facility (such as
Broadband) and a printer. The Council will also provide
related sundries on request. When the Member ceases to be a
Councillor (e.g. s/he does not stand for re-election or is not
re-elected), the equipment must be returned to the Council in a
good working order within 14 days of them ceasing to be a
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