Your chance to advise on councillors’ allowances

Cheshire East Council is looking to recruit three residents to sit on an independent remuneration panel that advises the authority on appropriate remunerations for the work carried out by members of the Council.

The Independent Remuneration Panel advises the authority on the way in which elected members are reimbursed for their public service.

The panel meets two to three times a year and candidates will be expected to serve for four years, receiving an allowance of £30 per meeting, plus travel expenses, with the chairman receiving an additional allowance.

Councillor Peter Groves, Cabinet member for finance and assets said: “We are looking for three people with a keen interest in local government.

“Applications are particularly sought from people with specific experience of the workings of local government, or people involved in the private or voluntary sector within the Borough.

“We will also be seeking to appoint one of the successful applicants as the panel chairman, for which previous experience of chairing an independent remuneration panel will be a highly desirable criterion.

“The way our members are reimbursed for public service is of interest to many. We want this process to be transparent, and therefore, any advisory role must be independent of the Council.

“I look forward to the formation of this important panel in the coming months.”

Candidates interested in joining the panel should be completely independent, should not be politically active or have a relationship with a councillor or a member of the authority’s staff.

The closing date is September 21 and further information can be found at Councillors expenses and allowances.

Those interested in applying should contact the council’s registration service and business manager, Lindsey Parton, by

Lindsey Parton – registration service and business manager
Cheshire East Council
Governance and Democratic Services
Ground Floor (Westfields)
C/O Municipal Buildings
Earle Street

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