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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 current Panel membership is:

  • Karen Forster (Chair)
  • Sandra Cox
  • Blaise Bunbury.

The Panel produces a report that makes recommendations for the Council to consider in regard to:

  • the level of Basic Allowance for all Councillors;
  • the categories of special responsibility for which a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) should be paid;
  • the rate of childcare/dependency allowance;
  • travel and subsistence allowance;
  • annual uplift;
  • which members of the Council are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • which aspect of members' allowance is to be pensionable;
  • the level of allowance for independent Members and statutory Co-opted Members.

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:

If you have any queries, or would like any further information, please contact committee.services@ipswich.gov.uk

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Ipswich Borough Council,
4E Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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