Timetable for local government remuneration setting

Remuneration setting in election year 2016

The Authority has engaged with councils during 2016 and determinations will be issued shortly to cover the period from 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017. This will assist prospective candidates by letting them know the base remuneration for the role.

Remuneration of current members standing for re-election will end the day before the election. If they are re-elected unopposed, their base remuneration will continue. Other candidates, whether or not they are incumbents, will have their remuneration start on the day after the writs are issued officially confirming the election results. If members had extra remuneration for additional areas of responsibility during the previous term, they will revert to the basic rate after the election. For those members subsequently appointed to positons of additional responsibility, the increased remuneration will be backdated to the date of their appointment.

Remuneration setting in non-election years

In non-election years the Authority will:

  • re-assess each council’s place in the size index based on the latest data;
  • determine an increase reflecting any changes in the CPI or general wage growth and apply the increase to each council’s base remuneration for councillors, mayor or chair, using the revised position on the size index;
  • if the reassessment results in a decrease in remuneration, hold remuneration at the existing levels until the next year or next election;
  • for positions with additional responsibilities, adjust remuneration pro rata to the change in base remuneration for councillors; and
  • issue a determination including the updated rates.

It is possible that the Authority could determine a general increase for mayors and chairs that is different from the increase for councillors.