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Councillors' Commission

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria her Department used to determine the membership of the Councillors' Commission; and what (a) remuneration and (b) expenses members of the Commission are entitled to. (171639)

The membership criteria for the Councillors’ Commission were:

substantial understanding of local government and the role of a councillor;

experience of community activism;

good understanding of the business/commercial perspective on councillors as employees;

awareness of ethics in public life; and

sound understanding of the Government's agenda for local government.

The Chair in particular was required to command the confidence of the stakeholders, especially the local government sector. None of the Commissioners were remunerated for their work, but their expenses were covered in relation to any costs arising from attending Commission meetings, events and other related visits.