The range and levels of salaries, fees and allowances payable by the county council to its councillors and co-opted members is determined each year by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW).
The Council’s published Schedule of Councillors’ and Co-opted Members’ Remuneration for 2013/14 contains in detail the payments that are available to councillors and co-opted members of committees.
Details of individual Councillors’ salaries and allowances paid during the year to date and details of claims made can be obtained from the Councillors’ Allowances Database
Basic salary is payable at the same rate to all Councillors. It is paid in recognition of the time devoted by Councillors to their work including incidental expenses, such inevitable calls on their time as meetings with constituents, political group meetings, attendance at meetings of Town and Community Councils., including the undertaking of approved duties.
Basic Salary also covers other incidental costs such as the use of their homes.
With effect from 7th May, 2012 all Councillors received a basic salary of £13,175.
A Senior Salary is paid to councillors appointed by the Council or Leader of the Council to specific positions e.g. Executive Board Members and Chairs of Committees.
The number of Senior Salaries payable by the Council is limited to a total of 18 by the IRPW and cannot be exceeded.
Senior salary is set at 4 different levels (Bands 1-4) to reflect different levels of responsibility
Senior Salary is not a payment in addition to basic salary.
A Civic Salary is paid to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Council receive Civic Salaries under Sections 22 and 24 of the Local Government Act, 1972 to assist them with the expenses of their office.
Civic Salary is not a payment in addition to basic salary.
Co-opted Members’ Payments
Co-opted Members with voting rights will receive payments in recognition of the time devoted to their work associated with and in attending meetings including incidental expenses. Payments will be made via a daily fee at the levels prescribed by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.
Voting Co-opted Members that live outside the County of Carmarthenshire will in addition to receiving travelling expenses be eligible to receive subsistence allowance for attending meetings in the County.
Co-opted Members without voting rights will only receive allowance payments towards their travelling and subsistence expenses [if eligible] at the same rate as that paid to Councillors and Co-opted members with voting rights.
Voting Co-opted Members’ Fees are capped at a maximum of the equivalent of 10 full days a year for each committee to which an individual may be co-opted.
Travelling allowances are payable to Councillors and Co-opted Members undertaking approved duties and will be paid at the rates prescribed by IRPW
Travel by Rail
All rail travel by councillors and co-opted members is arranged through the Democratic Services Unit of the Chief Executive’s Department in order to maximise savings to the Council. Travel by rail will normally be by standard second class ticket.
Councillors and co-opted members are permitted to travel by first class rail where work requirements justify such expenditure. (i.e. working on the train prior to attending a meeting the same day). First class apex tickets, or their equivalent, will be provided when they are available and it can be shown that these tickets would produce a saving to the Council over the standard second class rail fare available on the day of travel.
Subsistence allowances are payable to Councillors and Co-opted Members undertaking approved duties and will be paid at the rates prescribed by IRPW, they will not be payable for official business which takes place within the County of Carmarthenshire.
Co-opted members who live outside the County of Carmarthenshire and undertake approved duties within the county boundary will be eligible for subsistence allowances.
Claims are paid on the basis of actual expenditure supported by receipts and the maximum allowance in each case will be paid only if actual expenditure equals or exceeds it.
Overnight accommodation will be arranged and paid for by the Democratic Services Unit of the Chief Executive’s Department and will not exceed the rates prescribed by IRPW.
Care allowance is paid to Councillors and Co-opted Members with voting rights in respect of such expenses in arranging for the care of children or dependants (Aged 15years and over) as are necessarily incurred in the carrying out of their duties.
The maximum level of care allowance payable for 2012/13 is £403 per month and claims will be paid on the basis of actual expenditure supported by receipts; the maximum allowance will be paid only if actual expenditure equals or exceeds it.
Receipts from registered carers must be formal documents, showing the name of the business/person, the date period of time and the nature of the supply.
In cases where care is provided by a Councillor’s / Co-opted Member’s family member or friends the Councillor / Co-opted Member will make a declaration providing specific details of the nature of the care service provided to the child or dependent, the specific time period and the date.
Persons that are formally invited to contribute to Scrutiny Committees or Task & Finish Groups will be entitled to claim travelling allowance at the same rates as that paid to councillors.
IT Equipment and Office Supplies
Provided free of charge to councillors at an appropriate level.
Job profiles and further information
Further details in respect of job profiles of Councillors and Office Holders etc. are included in the Council’s“Councillors’ and Co-opted Members’ Salaries and Allowances Scheme”.