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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.

£

2007-08

2008-09

Peter Doyle

1,094.13

337.60

Sir Bob Kerslake

2,886.81

442

Sarah Weir

79.40

0

Polly Cochrane

0

157

Rob Vincent

0

2,007.83

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