Revealed: your councillors take home allowances
8:01am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
VALE councillors were entitled to claim between £3.29 and £10.30 – to a maximum of £28 – if away from home for more than four hours.
The subsistence allowance was part of the remuneration schedule, allowed for members during 2012 to 2013 period.
The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW) sets out the suggested levels.
Councillors, without a special responsibility, received a basic allowance of £13,175 per year, paid in monthly instalments, with those undertaking senior roles receiving money on top of the basic allowance.
IRPW regulations stipulate that up to 18 members’ can earn senior salaries.
Vale Council leader, Cllr Neil Moore received £47,500 with deputy leader, Cllr Stuart Egan on £33,460.
Five other Vale cabinet members earned £28,780.
Committee chairmen took home £21,910 with scrutiny committee chairpersons receiving the same amount.
Tory opposition leader, Cllr John W Thomas earned £21,910 with minority group leader, Plaid councillor Chris Franks £16,920.
Vale mayor, Cllr Eric Hacker earned £21,375 with deputy mayor, Cllr Janice Birch on £16,625.
A co-opted meeting chairman was able to earn £256 a day with £128 per half day while ordinary co-opted members were entitled to £198 per day or £99 per day.
Subsistence claims are made on an 'actual' expenditure basis up to the maximum and must be accompanied by relevant receipts.
Subsistence allowances are no longer payable in respect of undertaking approved duties within the council boundaries.
Breakfast allowance was up to £6.06, lunch between midday and 2pm up to £8.35, tea allowance between 3pm and 6pm £3.29, and evening meal £10.30.
All allowances apply when members are away from their normal place of residence for more than four hours.
Overnight subsistence, on an approved duty, was paid at a maximum rate of £150 for London and £95 elsewhere, and £25 for an approved duty overnight stay with friends or relatives.
Travel allowances state members could claim 45p per mile for up to 10,000 miles and 25p per mile over the 10,000 mile threshold.
A passenger supplement, per mile, was 5p.
Using a private motorcycle means 24p per mile can be claimed with cyclists entitled to 20p per mile.
Care allowances were payable for dependent children up to the age of 15 or a dependent over the age of 15 provided the member can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Authority that the member has such a dependent who requires supervision.
More than one care allowance will only be paid if a member can satisfactorily demonstrate a need to make separate arrangements for separate dependents and that the member needs to pay for that care.
The care allowance payable from the 1 April 2012 is a maximum of £403 per month.
Members can choose to forgo any form of allowance or take a reduction.
The figures were detailed in a council document on the council's website.