East Ayrshire Council has published information on Councillor’s remuneration, Allowances and Expenses that were paid to Councillors during financial year 2014/15.
Under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration) Regulations 2007 as amended, there are four levels of remuneration payments for Councillors, depending on the responsibilities of the Councillor. These are Leader of the Council, Provost, Senior Councillor and Councillor. A Senior Councillor is a Councillor who holds a significant position of responsibility in the Council’s Political Management Structure. All other Councillors, other than the Leader of the Council and the Provost, will receive the basic remuneration as prescribed by the Regulations. Remuneration is subject to income tax and national insurance deductions.
The Council has also published the amount of expenses reimbursed to Councillors. These include travel expenses, subsistence expenses and telephone allowances. The level of allowances is set by regulation and represents reasonable reimbursement of actual amounts incurred by Councillors in carrying out their Council duties.
It is appropriate for councils to provide necessary equipment such as mobile phones and broadband facilities to allow councillors to carry out their duties. Costs for such facilities are met directly by the Council but require to be published as a cost against the relevant councillor.
The expenses incurred by each Councillor vary depending on a number of factors including the distance that they live from Council headquarters, the area covered by their ward and attendance at meetings of external bodies.
When Councillors use their own cars for Council business they are also entitled to reasonable reimbursement for their out of pocket expenses, in accordance with the Regulations. In addition, costs associated with travel to approved conferences may have been met by the Council but require to be recorded as a cost to the relevant councillor. The Council provides transportation for Councillors carrying out approved duties. Transportation is also provided to the Provost and Depute Provost in respect of their Civic Ceremonial duties on behalf of the Council. Costs for all such transportation, which include employee costs, are met directly by the Council but require to be published as a cost against the relevant councillor.
The element of a Councillor’s telephone bill that relates directly to their duties as a Councillor is also reimbursed. Again, this varies from Councillor to Councillor, depending on the amount of Council business that they conduct by telephone.
The Council has also published details of the various training courses attended.
Details of the payments to each Councillor are available in Council Local Offices and Libraries. Members of the public can request their own copy of the information by contacting 01563 576521, or by requesting a copy at a Council Local Office or Library. Also, any member of the public who has access to the internet can view this information in full here.