Council received and considered a report of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services regarding the proposed Scheme of Allowances for the year 2013/2014 which reflected the recommendations of the Independent Panel on Members' Remuneration. The Scheme of Allowances remained unchanged for the forthcoming year, other than in respect of a Special Responsibility Allowance for two new posts of Assistant Executive Member.
In accordance with the prevailing legislation at least one Special Responsibility Allowance should be paid to a person who is not a member of the majority Group in respect of duties of a political Group leader. As no minority Group comprised at least 10% of the total number of Members of the Council, which is a Council pre-requisite, it was recommended that such allowance was paid to the Leader of the Conservative Group which is the largest of the minority groups.
Moved, seconded and ORDERED as follows:-
1. That the Scheme of Allowances for 2013/2014 be approved and adopted:-
Mayor (Basic Allowance x 10) - £61,300
Deputy Mayor (Basic Allowance x 3) - £18,390
Executive Members (Basic Allowance x 2) - £12,260
Assistant Executive Members (Basic Allowance x 1) - £6,130
Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Board (Basic Allowance x 2) - £12,260
Chair of Licensing Committee (Basic Allowance x 1.5) - £9,200
Chair of Planning and Development Committee (Basic Allowance x 1.5) - £9,200
Chair of the Council (Basic Allowance x 1) - £6,130
Chair of Corporate Affairs Committee (Basic Allowance x 1) - £6,130
Chairs of Scrutiny Panels (Basic Allowance x 1) - £6,130
Chair of Staff Appeals Committee (Basic Allowance x 1) - £6,130
Chair of Audit and Governance Committee (Basic Allowance x1 ) - £6,130
Vice-Chair of the Council (Basic Allowance x 0.5) - £3,070
Chair of Teesside Pension Fund & Investment Panel (Basic Allowance x 0.5) - £3,070
Political Group Leaders:
Majority Group (Basic Allowance x 1.5) - £9,200
Largest Minority Groups - maximum x 2 providing they have 10% of Council membership (Basic Allowance x 0.5) - £3,070.
2. That in respect of Section 4.6 of the Scheme of Allowances the Minority Group Leader Allowance be paid to the leader of the Conservative Group.