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Members' Allowances

Councils are required to review their allowances’ scheme on a regular basis. SEE has many years’ experience in advising and assisting Councils on allowances, in two key ways:

  • Consultancy – SEE can offer a practical role in the review process, as a member and / or chair of your Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP). We can assist with the preparation of background information (benchmarking data, councillor questionnaires), as well as providing active involvement on the Panel itself, and producing the final report. SEE is currently a chair / member of several IRPs across the South East.
  • Advice and Information – our Research and Information service is available to all our member councils, free of charge. We can assist with queries on types and levels of allowances paid and on best practice. In addition, we conduct a major annual survey of members’ allowances paid across the Region, providing valuable benchmarking information to the IRP that reviews a Councils allowances scheme. Please see survey results below.
  • Training / Coaching IRP Members - We can support  the recruitment of IRP Members as well as train IRP Members to support an effective and legally compliant Members Allowance review.

We currently run the following course:

  • Undertaking an Effective Members Allowances Review

"...Thank you for the excellent Chairmanship and leadership in conducting the IRP. Your immense knowledge of local government helped in providing us clear direction and focus."

We would be delighted to provide you with further information about these services, please contact Mark Palmer

The 2017 - 2018 Members' Allowances Survey has now been collated. Please click on the link below for the results.

Members' Allowances Survey 2017 - 2018:

Click here for results.