On 28th October 2003, the Parish Council made a Scheme of Members’ Allowances which came into effect on 1st January 2004. The Scheme was reviewed in September 2016 and can be seen here.
The Parish Council’s Scheme is based on the recommendations contained within the Report of the independent Parish Remuneration Panel under Regulation 30 of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003. The latest Parish Remuneration Panel Report (August 2015) can be viewed here on Horsham District Council’s web site.
The Regulations require that the remuneration figure for Parish Councillors be expressed as a percentage of the District Council’s Members’ basic allowance. The previously set figure of 9.4% was continued, but rounded up to the nearest £10.
The current annual allowance is £450, which is paid quarterly in arrears, through the Parish Council’s payroll system. A list of payments to Members can be seen here.
Members’ allowances are only payable to those Members who have been elected; and not those who are co-opted.
The Parish Council does not, within the Scheme, make a differential payment to the Chairman of the Parish Council. A Chairman’s Allowance, as provided by S15 of the Local Government Act 1972, is available within the Revenue Budget and for 2016/17, that amount is £400.
The agreed rates for Councillor expenses, as from 1st April 2016, which are from the Parish Remuneration Panel Report are part of the Scheme of Members’ Allowances.