Volunteers interested in local government are needed by St Albans City and District Council to help set the level of allowances councillors receive for their work.
We are inviting applications from people living or working in St Albans District to become members of our Independent Remuneration Panel.
The Panel makes recommendations to the Council on the level of allowances paid to the 58 elected councillors and co-opted members. The Council must have regard to these recommendations when reviewing or amending its remuneration scheme. The Panel comprises three, independent, impartial people with no connection to the Council.
The term of office for the current members of the Independent Remuneration Panel will end on 23 September 2012. At the Council meeting on 23 February, it was decided that three people will be required for membership of the Panel for a four-year term beginning on 24 September.
Councillor Julian Daly, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Executive Leader of St Albans City and District Council, said: “Members of the Independent Remuneration Panel play an important role by making recommendations on the level of allowances that councillors can claim. We want to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in local government in this capacity.”
If you want to be considered for membership of the Panel you will need to meet the following criteria:
• be aged over 18 years;
• be a resident of or working in St Albans City and District;
• not be a current or past councillor of either the District Council or Hertfordshire County Council;
• not be a current employee of the District Council;
• not be a member of any political party;
• not be disqualified from being or becoming a member of a local authority.
Ideally, you will also have knowledge of local government although this is not essential as support and advice will be given by council officers.
Panel members each receive a payment of £280 per annum (£335 for the Chairman). They will need to meet up to four times a year, mostly in the autumn.
Anyone wishing to apply can find out more about the role by contacting Paul Warne, Democratic Services Officer by telephone on 01727 819520, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post at
St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peter's Street, St Albans
Herts, AL1 3JE.
The closing date for applications is noon on 15 June 2012 and interviews will be held during July 2012.
Councillor Julian Daly, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Executive Leader for St Albans City and District Council
Mob: 07775 657200
Contact for the press:
Media and Internal Communications Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317