Vacancy on panel that helps decide councillor allowances

16 February 2021

We are looking for members of the community to join our Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) to help review South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC’s) Members’ Allowances Scheme.

SLDC is required, by law, to operate an IRP to consider what allowances and expenses its elected councillors (Members) should receive.

Councillors are paid allowances and expenses to ensure that there are no financial barriers to becoming an elected member, and that the opportunity is open to all members of the community.

The IRP comprises of four independent, impartial people who are not employed by SLDC but do receive a small payment for each meeting that they attend.

The IRP’s main role is to review the Members' Allowances Scheme in an independent, transparent and accountable way to ensure that Members receive fair allowances/expenses in line with other comparable local authorities whilst recognising that public money is spent in the appropriate way.

The IRP will meet at least once a year to review the allowances scheme.

Recommendations from the IRP will be presented to Council in order for the levels of allowances to Members to be voted on.

Panel members are appointed for an initial term of four years. In exceptional circumstances, a minimum two-year term may be considered.

Applicants must be aged over 18 and have some understanding of local government and local issues and will have the ability to act impartially, consider evidence with an open mind and debate issues with the other panel members.

It is important that the panel must be seen to be working entirely independently of the council. For that reason no serving councillor has any input into appointments to the IRP and they are not involved in the selection process, and the council is not allowed to approve or veto any appointment.

A role on the IRP would help a person gain a wide range of experience and skills including an understanding of local government structure, careers within local government and the role of a councillor.

Training and support for the role is provided and it would be an ideal opportunity for students, in particular those who are interested in a career in law, politics or other environments in which the ability to analyse evidence and reach reasoned conclusions is critical.

More information about the role and detailed person specification (PDF 503kb/2 pages)

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in making an application to be on the IRP, please apply using the application form (Word 16.4KB/4 pages) and return to:

Legal, Governance and Democracy, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4DQ or by email to to IRP@southlakeland.gov.uk by the closing date of 12 March 2021.

If you have any questions about the role or would like to have an informal discussion prior to making an application, please contact Courage Aiguobasinmwin on 01539 793229.

All applications will be reviewed in line with the Person Specification for an Independent Remuneration Panel member (available upon request from Legal, Governance and Democracy).