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South West Councils' team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice and Support to help you manage challenging people related issues and build your workforce wellbeing and resilience.

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Councillors' Allowances

In response to requests from local authorities, SW Councils has developed a practical guide to Councillors' Allowances and a core database of regional information. This will be invaluable to Independent Remuneration Panels (IRP) in determining their recommendations to local authorities and will help to avoid excessive alternative benchmarking.

The report of the Councillors’ Commission and the subsequent Local Democracy Act was informed by a review of the incentives and barriers facing councillors, in which allowances play an important role. The results of the surveys provide sound comparative information to independent panels. IRP Chairs now meet annually to consider the findings of the surveys and the latest developments in Government.

The paper and spreadsheets below outlines figures obtained in 2009/10, 2007/08 and 2006/07.

Where IRP Chairs are seeking help for panels, particularly where there is a need for training or for ongoing help throughout a review, South West Councils can also provide independent advice through the Chief Executive or one of her senior officers and associates.  Please contact Karen Stone for more information.

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