Councillor expenses 2017

The Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration) Regulations 2007

The Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

Record of Payments of Remuneration, Allowances and Expenses made by Argyll and Bute Council for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

Argyll and Bute Council is required to publish a record of the payments made to Councillors in terms of the above regulations. The Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration) Regulations 2007 as amended make provisions for the payment of prescribed levels of remuneration by local authorities to Councillors. The Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 as amended make provision for the payment by local authorities to Councillors of certain types of allowance and reimbursement of expenditure incurred on approved duties of such Councillors.

Remuneration and Expenses

 The tables attached set out the payments made for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. The amounts shown are not the amounts actually received by Councillors. Firstly, the Remuneration payments shown are gross figures which are then subject to tax and national insurance deductions.  Secondly, other expense payments relate solely to the reimbursement of actual expenditure incurred by the councillor and are all backed up with receipts. Thirdly, the Council decided that it would be more effective to provide a broadband connection for each Councillor for council business related communication and telephone calls. No reimbursement has been made to Councillors in respect of such costs – these are all paid for directly by the Council on behalf of Councillors. These are included in the table this year reflecting revised guidance issued on such costs.

Training

 

During 2016/17 Argyll and Bute Council ran a series of Elected Member Seminars and workshops as follows:

 

Date

Topic

12 May 2016

Argyll, Lomond and the Islands Rural Regeneration Initiative - Policy and Resources Committee Workshop

6th June 2016

Councillors' Code of Conduct

Discover Space – UK Space Port

Roads in Argyll and Bute

1st August 2016

The Integrated Joint Board

The White Ribbon Campaign

Forestry in Argyll and Bute

ICT Training Workshops

3rd October 2016

The Argyll and Bute Economic Forum Participatory Budgeting

Care Leavers Covenant

5th December 2016

Digital and Broadband update

New Service Planning Outcomes

Chief Social Work Officer role

Community Planning Tools for the Future

16th January 2017

Budget Seminar 1

30th January 2017

Budget Seminar 2

6th February 2017

Governance & Reporting Arrangements for Major Capital Regeneration Projects

Local Development Plan 2

Single Investment Plan – Rural Growth Deal

Policing 2016

In order to support strategic oversight each of the Committees have in place active programmes of training and development activity focusing on committee specific requirements which are generally open to all Elected Members. In addition the Harbour Board and the PPSL Committee Development was supplemented by external visits to support a wider understanding of policy issues.   

Elected Members also engaged in a wide range of individual continuous professional development activities including participation in planning and licensing related training.

Douglas Hendry

Executive Director of Customer Services

1 June 2017