No new payment for Penarth Town councillors
4:10pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
PENARTH Town Council has decided that it will not be introducing a new annual payment to each of its 16 councillors.
The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 recently extended the remit of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to include payments to members of community and town councils in recognition of costs incurred in respect of telephone usage, information technology, and consumables, among other things.
In its annual report 2012/13 the IRP has given town and community councils the authority to pay up to £100 per councillor to cover these costs.
The IRP has recognised that community and town councillors who receive no payment for the work they do for their communities are left out of pocket in relation to telephone calls and printing, including ink cartridges and postage.
But councillors, reported to have said they had not sought election to the town council with such an allowance in mind, voted by a majority not to accept the new allowance.