Councillor expenses

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 2015 to 31 March 2016

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 2015 to 31 March 2016. 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 2015/16 Argyll and Bute Council ran a series of Elected Member Seminars and workshops as follows:

Date

Topic

16th February 2016

Community Planning Partnership Development Day

11th January 2016

Audit Scotland Best Value Workshop

7th December 2015

Community Empowerment/ Participatory Budgeting/Argyll and Bute Advice Services/Winter Severe Weather Resilience

5th October 2015

Economic Development (Aquaculture Industry & Skills Development)/Street Lighting/Digital First

18th September 2015

Service Choices Workshop

4th September 2015

Harbour Board Development  - Overview & Port Marine Safety Code

7th August 2015

Scrutiny Skills Training

3rd August 2015

Service Choices Workshop and  Health & Social Care Integration Update

5th June 2015

Service Choices Workshop

13th April 2015

LEADER Programme/Firth of Clyde Regulating Order/Green Network

 

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.

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

Douglas Hendry

Executive Director of Customer Services

1 June 2016