North Yorkshire councillors set to get allowance increase

Councillors in the council chamber at County Hall.

An independent panel that reviews allowances for councillors is recommending payments for members of North Yorkshire Council to reflect their significantly increased workload.

Officials say the proposed rates of both basic and special responsibility allowances for 2024/25 would see councillors paid at a level similar to comparable unitary councils, such as Leeds, Cornwall and Birmingham.

Members of North Yorkshire Council’s executive will consider the panel’s proposals on Tuesday, November 7, before the panel’s recommendations go to the full council for a decision at its meeting on Wednesday, November 15.

If the proposals are approved, the basic allowance for a member of North Yorkshire Council will be set at £17,000 in 2024/25. Currently, the basic allowance is £15,500. Special responsibility allowances will be increased by two per cent.

The chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP), Keith Trotter, said: “Councillors volunteer for their roles. They are not employees and are not paid at a commercial rate for their time. However, the allowances should not be set at a level which acts as a disincentive to conscientious performance of duties, or which does not reflect the considerable time commitment required for the role.

“Setting a fair and proportionate basic allowance and special responsibility allowance that reflects the workload of councillors in the newly established council has been a complex task.

“The allowances paid in similar local authorities have been reviewed and inflation, cost of living pressures and public sector pay rises have also been taken into account, as have submissions from councillors themselves about their current and future workload.”

The proposed £1,500 increase in the annual basic allowance from £15,500 to £17,000 will result in an increase in the total annual amount paid of £135,000.

The proposed two per cent increase in the special responsibility allowances paid, with the exception of sessional payments to chairs of the licensing sub-committees, will result in an increase in the total annual amount paid of £10,514.

In total, the proposed increases to allowances are £145,514 for 2024/25.

Mr Trotter said: “I acknowledge that in absolute terms this may be seen as an increase in payments to councillors, but it is important to note that the increased burden upon councillors as work previously undertaken by 319 councillors is now undertaken by 90.

“This increase is also in the context of savings of £714,621 made in 2023/24 and in being 0.01 per cent of the overall council budget of £1.4 billion.”

The leader of North Yorkshire Council, Cllr Carl Les, said: “Thank you to the panel for its independent, considered appraisal of this issue. The level at which allowances are set should not be a barrier that could prevent anyone from standing as a councillor, regardless of such things as age, personal circumstances and employment.

“It will be up to each councillor to decide, at the full council meeting in November, whether to take all, some or none of the proposed allowances.”

North Yorkshire Council was created on April 1 this year to replace the eight county, borough and district councils in the biggest reorganisation of local government in the county since 1974.

3 Comments

  1. They don’t have to go on strike for more money.

    Mind you would anyone miss them if they did?

    Other than it may save some money as the new Council said they would.

    I gave them a year at the start, but most things seem to have fallen apart only six months down the line.
    With needing more money and trying to hand over things they are responsible for to any one that will do it for nothing so they can sit back and put more tax payers money in there own pockets.

    Suppose the vast area of Yorkshire is to big and as showing is maybe not going to work.
    How can you run a place like Sheffield the Same as a small place like Keld.
    At least most of the old Richmondshire councils would know where Keld is and what it looks like.

    Big is not aways right. Let’s hope some day the penny drops and they sort it all out before it’s to late.

  2. Previous headline is that there will be a shortfall in the Authorities finances of £25 million
    So lets increase it by giving Councillors an increase in allowances
    This will then reflect in everybodys Council tax next year
    So the public will again be funding the failure of prudent financial management by the Cponcillors but they will still be Ok
    So no savings from this amalgamation – now theres a surprise

  3. why do councillors need a rise? if they are on over £100.00 q year they sshould be able to manage – or are they mismanaging their own income the same way as they are mismanaging the councils money

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