Council allowances exceed £1million

The amount paid to county councillors in allowances and travel costs has dropped since last year but still tops the £1million mark for the fifth year running.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s 60 members received a share of £1,036,232 in 2011/2012 – a reduction on last year’s £1,051,315 – according to figures published by the authority.

The total figure includes basic allowance, special responsibility allowance (SRA) and travel costs.

It includes a reduction of basic allowance payment to former councillor Kate Becton who stood down in December 2011, receiving £8,854.

The authority paid a total of £803, 849 in basic allowances, £201,690 SRA and £30,693 travel costs.

Topping the pay scale was former council leader Cllr John Davies who received £46,827 which included £13,743 basic allowance, £29,513 SRA and £3,841 travel costs – the highest claim for travel of all members.

Deputy leaders Cllr Jamie Adams – now leader of the council – and Cllr John Allen-Mirehouse received a total of £28,966 and £30,339 respectively with Cllr Allen-Mirehouse claiming £1,373 travel costs.

The total cost of the cabinet was £280,194 with all members receiving more than £1,000 in travel costs apart from Cllr Jamie Adams and former councillor Anne Hughes who received none.

Cllr Rob Lewis received travel costs of £3,182, Cllr Huw George £2,878 and Cllr David Simpson £2,220.

Outside the cabinet the highest travel cost was paid to Cllr Wynne Evans, who received £2,609, followed by former councillor Sian James with £1,461 and Cllr Mike James with £1,112.

SRAs of £8,854 were paid to Cllrs David Bryan, Tom Richards and Peter Stock while the leaders of the three political groups, Cllrs Sue Perkins, Stanley Hudson and Michael Williams received £2,951.

SRA for cabinet members was £14,756 with Mrs Hughes receiving £8,362 after taking on the newly separated child safeguarding role following damning reports into safeguarding issues in Pembrokeshire.

The deputy leaders received £15,493 SRA.

Hakin and Hubberston councillors Mike and Vivien Stoddart received a lower basic allowance of £13,233 because they chose to share the £500 IT/communications and office support supplement included because they share a computer.

The council said that that travel costs of all members – which include mileage payments and bridge tolls – were in line with last year and that as in previous years, members have not claimed subsistence allowances for food costs.

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11:30am Sun 15 Jul 12

Tttoommy says...

oink, oink
I used to like pigs until I began to understand what sort of People run the Council
oink, oink I used to like pigs until I began to understand what sort of People run the Council Tttoommy

2:07pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Flashbang says...

When you spend other peoples money the pot seems limitless. If they had to earn it themselves they might appreciate it's value.
When you spend other peoples money the pot seems limitless. If they had to earn it themselves they might appreciate it's value. Flashbang

4:07pm Wed 18 Jul 12

ladybench says...

some of these figures are worthy of investigation.We the public must ask ourselves are we getting value for our hard earned money.I think not.?
some of these figures are worthy of investigation.We the public must ask ourselves are we getting value for our hard earned money.I think not.? ladybench

7:20am Thu 19 Jul 12

Indeview J Hudson says...

Fortunately, the Council's Accounts are open for public inspection at the moment, including Councillor's allowances and claims for reimbursement of expenses.
A quirk of the rules means that Civic Allowances, that is the Chairman of the Council's expenses are excluded from the announced allowances.
It cost us about £21,000 to provide the Chairman with a car,fuel and expenses chargeable as "civic" duties.
For those interested, the accounts are open for public inspection at Thornton until 27 July when the public can inspect all books, documents etc.and ask questions about the Accounts.
Fortunately, the Council's Accounts are open for public inspection at the moment, including Councillor's allowances and claims for reimbursement of expenses. A quirk of the rules means that Civic Allowances, that is the Chairman of the Council's expenses are excluded from the announced allowances. It cost us about £21,000 to provide the Chairman with a car,fuel and expenses chargeable as "civic" duties. For those interested, the accounts are open for public inspection at Thornton until 27 July when the public can inspect all books, documents etc.and ask questions about the Accounts. Indeview J Hudson

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