Diary of a Sutton Councillor

My remuneration & benefits

2016/17

I receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,519 plus a special responsibility allowance of £17,565 per annum.

2015/16

I receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,519 plus a special responsibility allowance of £17,565 per annum.

2014/15

I  receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,293 plus a special responsibility allowance of £17,565 per annum.

2013/14

The rate of allowances has remained unchanged so I continue to receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,191 and special responsibility allowance of £17,391

As Liberal Democrat Lead on Housing at London Councils I receive £2,625 per annum.

2012/13

The rate of allowances has remained unchanged so I continue to receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,191 and special responsibility allowance of £17,391

As Liberal Democrat Lead on Housing at London Councils I receive £2,625 per annum pro-rated.

2011/12

The rate of allowances has remained unchanged so I continue to receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,191 and special responsibility allowance of £17,391

2010/11

I receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,191. As a member of the Executive I also receive a special responsibility allowance of £17,391.

 

2006 – 2010

I receive the basic councillor’s allowance of £10,089 for 2009/10 (2008/09 £10,089)  (2007/08 £9,819)  (2006/07 £8706.22)

I also receive a special responsibility allowance as chair of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee of £10,281 for 2009/10 (2008/09  £10,281) (2007/08 £10,005)  (2006/07 £8,397.42).

 

The basic allowance is intended to cover all expenses including travel within the borough, however the Council does supply stationery and a free parking pass at Civic Offices. There are office facilities available for member’s use at Civic such as a photocopier, computers, telephones etc.

 

The special responsibility allowance is to reflect the additional meetings I am required to attend as a result of my role as chair.

 

 

During 2006-2010 I have received one or two gifts as a thank you’s for helping a resident to complete paperwork: a large tin of toffees and some chocolates. I have not entered these on the register as they are below the £25 threshold.

In March 2009 I received a bottle of wine as a thank you for judging the Jack Spetchey Speakout Challenge Sutton Regional Finals.

4 Comments »

  1. Its not enough!!!

    Comment by Anonymous | May 18, 2008 | Reply

  2. Whilst it is nice of you to say so I will not be asking for an increase. However without some form of remuneration I would not have been able to take on the role of councillor. I have three young children to look after and it was a choice between getting a part time job or seeking election. I would not be able to do both. I have been surprised at how well the role fits around my children – I am there to take them to school and collect them afterwards, help with homework & cook their meals, but I am also available for both daytime and evening meetings. Email and home computers mean that much of the work I do can be from home.I think that it is important for this information to get out to other women with children, as women are traditionally under-represented on local councils. Governance frequently falls to the retired, and whilst they may be excellent in their roles, it is important that there is a cross representation of society directing policy.

    Comment by jaynemccoy | May 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. Let’s be fair £28k (inc special allowance) is pretty good for a part time job, one with very little stress against it. Having been a councillor myself once (on practically no money, and with young children etc etc), I know that most of the time you can influence very little, and you can be as busy or not as you want to, no one is going to going to scrutinise what you do. In fairness if you’re a diligent person there is a lot of reading to do, and people expect you to be an expert on everything. You also need to understand if you’re officers are being straight with you! However perhaps with all the cuts you’re going to have to make life is going be less easy, so good luck for that…will Councillor’s allowances face cuts, or is that only for working people?

    Comment by Mike Lyon | July 10, 2010 | Reply

    • My husband might take exception to your description of my council work as part time! I put in more hours now than I did when working full time as an accountant and a lot of those hours include evenings or the weekend.

      I think you will find that Sutton compares favourably with for example, Tory-run Croydon where Executive members pay themselves £43,339 pa, and have just voted themselves an increase to £45,377. Surprisingly their Executive Member for Finance and Housing believes he only needs to put in two or three days a week to justify this generous allowance!

      Here in Sutton we align our increases with the public sector settlement so we too will be having a two year pay freeze.

      Yes as a backbencher it is possible to cruise by claiming your allowance and doing little work using the excuse that you can’t influence anything. However I have found that a ward councillor’s input can make a huge difference to those individuals who come to you for help – for them it can be life-changing. Ask the lady who now receives full disability allowance thanks to my help with a bit of form filling; the lady whose mother I helped to get placed in a nursing home close to her; or the lady discharged from hospital without a care plan who I helped to get an emergency placement in an intermediate care hospital. As to matters of influence: I have been able to get hanging baskets along the high street; road safety measures put in at the request of residents; and parts of major schemes revised because of the local knowledge of being a ward councillor.

      As to scrutiny – you seem to have forgotten that the electorate have the ultimate power to remove ineffective councillors.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | July 13, 2010 | Reply


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