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Councillors: Allowances

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) statutory and (b) other changes have been made to the rules relating to allowances and pensions for councillors since May 1997; and what the date of each change was. (252633)

From 1 May 2003, changes were introduced to the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations which allow authorities to permit their elected members to access the local government pension scheme. The provisions were subsequently amended as follows: on 1 October 2003 by SI 2003/2240; 1 April 2004 by SI 2004/573; 10 June 2004 by SI 2004/928; 5 December 2005 by SI 2005/3069; 6 April 2006 by SI 2006/966; and 1 October 2006 by SI 2006/2008. These changes are available in a composite form at:

www.timeline.1ge.gov.uk

Section 18 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 provides that the Secretary of State may by regulation authorise or require a local authority to make a scheme of allowances for councillors. The above provision was amended by section 99 of the Local Government Act 2000, which requires local authorities to establish and have regard to the recommendations of an independent remuneration panel before making or amending their schemes of allowances. Since May 1997, the rules relating to the payment of allowances to councillors in England has been amended as follows: on 1 April 1998 by SI 1998/556; on 30 April 1999 by SI 1999/1086; on 1 April 2000 by SI 2000/622 and SI 2000/623; on 1 May 2003 by SI 2003/1021; on 31 July 2003 by SI 2003/1692 and on 3 November 2004 by SI 2004/2596.