Agenda

Parish Remuneration Panel
Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Former Chief Executive's Office - Civic Offices. View directions

Contact: S. Tautz Tel: (01992) 564180  Email:  democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman of the Panel for the duration of the meeting. There is no appointed chairman of the Panel, as the appointment of a chairman is agreed at each meeting.

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

3.

Declaration of Interests

To declare interests in any item on the agenda for the meeting, pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct.

 

4.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 28 September 2016.

 

5.

Remuneration Scheme - Chigwell Parish Council pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Recommendation:

 

That the Panel consider a proposal of Chigwell Parish Council for revision to its existing remuneration scheme.

 

In March 2004, the Panel considered and agreed a proposal of Chigwell Parish Council for the introduction of a remuneration scheme comprising a Parish Basic Allowance of £500.00 per annum for the Chairman of the Parish Council and a Parish Basic Allowance of £50.00 per annum for all other members of the Council. A copy of a report of the Panel in connection with its consideration of such remuneration scheme is attached as Appendix 1 to this agenda, although it appears from a decision of the Parish Council of 12 November 2003, that it was actually intended that the allowance for the Chairman be set at £600.00 per annum, in addition to a contingency sum of £300.00 per annum.

 

The remuneration scheme approved by the Panel in 2004 also provides entitlement for members of Chigwell Parish Council to claim travel allowances in relation to official business of the Council. However, the Clerk to the Parish Council has advised that such allowances have not been claimed by any member of the Parish Council during at least the last five years.

 

The Parish Council has submitted proposals for revision to its existing remuneration scheme, which are detailed at Appendix 2 to this agenda. The Clerk to the Parish Council has confirmed the following matters in relation to the proposals of the Council:

 

(a)       that no changes have previously been made to the remuneration scheme proposed in 2003/2004, whereby the Chairman of the Parish Council receives an annual allowance of £600.00 (plus the contingency sum of £300.00);

 

(b)       that no changes have previously been made to the existing Remuneration Scheme, whereby members of the Parish Council receive an annual basic allowance of £50.00;

 

(c)       that the net increase to the Parish Council arising from the implementation of the proposed revisions to the Remuneration Scheme would be £800.00 per annum; and

 

(d)       that members of the Parish Council will continue to be able to receive a travel allowances as part of the proposed revisions to the remuneration scheme.

 

There is no national benchmarking data available for the application of remuneration schemes by town and parish councils. Copies of the existing schemes operated by the larger town and parish councils within the Epping Forest District are attached as Appendix 3. A majority of the smaller town and parish councils in the District do not operate remuneration schemes.

 

The Panel is requested to consider the proposal of Chigwell Parish Council for revision to its existing remuneration scheme.

 

 

Additional documents:

6.

Any Other Business

To consider any additional items of business for the meeting.

 

7.

Date of Next Meeting

To consider arrangements for future meetings of the Panel, if required.