Councillors’ allowances are announced

ALLOWANCES for Eastbourne’s borough councillors have been announced for this financial year.

Members of the council agreed the allowances at a full council meeting at Eastbourne Town Hall on Wednesday (April 20).

From April 1 this year through to March 31, 2012 all 27 councillors will receive a basic allowance of £2,559. There is also a special responsibility allowance for 24 councillors.

The mayor of Eastbourne will receive £2,559, the deputy mayor £1,278, the leader of the council £3,840 and the deputy leader of the council £2,559.

The four other cabinet members will receive £2,559 and the chairman of the planning committee £1,920.

Seven councillors who sit on the planning committee will get £1,278 and the four reserve members of the planning committee will receive £639.

The chairman of both the licensing and scrutiny committee will each get £1,278.

The leader of the largest opposition group will get £1,920 and the deputy leader of the that party will receive £1,278.

These allowances remain unchanged but the child care allowance has increased up to £8 for the basic rate and £12 for the specialist care rate. Travel and subsistence rates have been adjusted to reflect changes to Revenue and Customs approved rates. In a report by the council’s Independent Remuneration Panel, it states the allowances scheme will be reviewed in 2012 and will take into account the councillors work load as a consequence of the Localism Bill.