Councillor expenses 2019

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 2018 to 31 March 2019

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 2018 to 31 March 2019. 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 2018/19 Argyll and Bute Council ran a comprehensive development programme which included an Elected Member Seminar Programme and Committee Development Sessions.

Committee Development sessions are focused on key areas within the strategic remit of the particular committee including engagement with external organisations such as OFCOM. The Seminar Programme addressed the following topics:

Date

Topic

4th March 2019

Waste Management Strategy

Roads and Amenity Services – Customer Care Project

Best Value

28th January 2019

Budget  Outlook

Budget Consultation

Equality and Socio-Economic Impact Assessments

UK Withdrawal from the EU – Business Continuity & Contingency Planning

Best Value 3 Inspection

25th January 2019

Harbour Board Development Workshop

13th December 2018

Budget Outlook and Planning

1st October 2018

Rural Growth Deal

Introduction to PREVENT

ICT Refresher Workshops

27-28th August 2018

Scrutiny Workshop

13th August 2018

NHS Highland/Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership

◦Health and social care standards

◦Strategic Plan 2019/20 - 2021/22

◦Transforming Together Programme

◦Consultation and Engagement Process

◦West of Scotland Health and Social Care Delivery Plan

Revised Councillor Code of Conduct & Standards Commission Guidance

Fairer Scotland Duty

14th May 2018

Transformation Board Activity

Rural Growth Deal

Treasury Management Training

 

19th April 2018

Local Development Plan 2 Workshop

 

Elected Members are encouraged to participate in the continuous development framework (CPD) for elected members in Scottish Local Government. The Framework has been developed in conjunction with elected members and councils across Scotland and includes a wide range of political skills and behaviours for elected members to consider including a personal development plan. Engagement in the framework is voluntary. It covers areas such as:

  • how to deal with ward issues and to represent constituent needs effectively
  • political awareness and understanding within the Council
  • effective communication
  • analysis and problem solving
  • negotiation and lobbying

Additional continuous professional development activities have included participation in planning and licensing related training and IT skills development.

Elected Members who sit on external bodies also participate in a wide range of development activities organised directly by these organisations e.g. before each Health and Social Care Partnership meeting there is a development session.

Douglas Hendry
Executive Director