Ipswich Borough Council has its own Independent Remuneration Panel that makes recommendations to the Council on allowances to be paid to elected members in accordance with legal requirements under the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003.
The Panel is made up of three local people who are appointed to ensure that the setting of members' allowances is open to robust, independent and local scrutiny and is accountable and transparent to local people.
The Panel produces a report that makes recommendations for the Council to consider in regard to:
The Council's obligation is to have regard to the Panel's recommendations. Whilst the Council does not have a duty to follow the recommendations it must have good, justifiable reasons for departing from them.
The Panel has met on several occasions during 2016 and has produced the following report for consideration at Council on 22 September 2016:
Following consideration of the Panel’s report, Council resolved to amend the Scheme of Councillors’ Allowances as per the following public notice:
Council resolved that allowances were to be increased in line with the Local Government Officer Pay Awards until the scheme is next reviewed. The current allowance amounts are listed here:
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