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Departmental Pay

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) salaries, (b) benefits in kind and (c) payments for expenses each of his Department's non-executive directors have received in the last 24 months. (288829)

Non-executive members of the board are not employees of the Department, and do not therefore receive salaries. Rather, each receives a fee of £10,000 per year. As agreed on a case-by-case basis, however, this fee may be paid to the employer and not to the individual as reimbursement for their time spent on non-executive business. (Within the last 24 months, this has applied for Sir Bob Kerslake, a former board member and formerly chief executive of Sheffield city council; and Rob Vincent, the chief executive of Kirklees council and a current board member.)

No non-executive board member has received any benefits in kind during the last 24 months.

Non-executive board members are entitled to reimbursement of all reasonable expenses properly and necessarily incurred in respect of their appointment. Payments made to individual non-executive board members between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2009 are summarised in the following table. All business expenses reimbursed to non-executive board members, and also to senior civil servants at the director general and above level, from 1 April 2009 onwards will be published quarterly.




Peter Doyle



Sir Bob Kerslake



Sarah Weir



Polly Cochrane



Rob Vincent



On occasion, the Department also books travel and accommodation for all board members and incurs that expenditure centrally.