Craven District Council has approved a small increase in the amount that councillors are allowed to claim as
The Basic Allowance has been increased from £4,300 per year to £4,650 per year, in line with recommendations from an independent panel.
Special Responsibility Allowances have also been increased to reflect local government pay settlements, while a new Special Responsibility Allowance has been introduced for the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the
Paul Shevlin, Chief Executive of Craven District Council, said: “We understand that any increase in members’ allowances may be controversial. However, councillors put a great deal of time and effort into serving their
communities and it is important that they are compensated for this.
“We do need to improve the diversity of our council and encourage a wider range of people to put themselves
forward as councillors. If we do not compensate councillors for at least some of the time that they put into theiwork, then we run the risk that only the well-off will be able to stand for election.”
John Boumphrey, Chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel, said: “Members’ allowances and expenses can be a controversial subject. There will inevitably be some who will be critical of any payments of allowances to members and particularly at any proposals to increase those payments.
“There is also an inevitable reluctance amongst members themselves to take decisions on increasing allowances which might be seen as self-serving, particularly during times when financial savings are being
“However, being an elected member can be a very demanding role and it is important, not least in order to
attract potential new members, that they are adequately compensated for their time and effort.”