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FOI 3363

Members Allowances

Request

1. A breakdown of the costs of the Brentwood Borough Council Leader’s annual allowance in the financial year 2000-2001 and from each financial year from 2009-2011.

2. The total cost of the Brentwood Borough Council Members’ allowances in the financial 2000-2001 and each financial year from 2009-2011

3. The annual percentage of Brentwood Borough Council Tax spent on Councillor/Member allowances in the financial year 2000-2001 and each financial year from 2009-2011

4. The number of Brentwood Borough Council Members enrolled onto the Local Government Pension Scheme in the financial year 2000-2001

5. The annual cost to Brentwood Borough Council of employer contributions into the Local Government Pension Scheme in the financial year 2000-2001.

6. The annual percentage of Brentwood Borough Council tax spent on employer contributions into the Local Government Pension Scheme in the financial year 2000-2001 and each financial year from 2009-2011


Response

1. A breakdown of the costs of the Brentwood Borough Council Leader’s annual allowance in the financial year 2000-2001 and from each financial year from 2009-2011.

2000/01 2009/10 2010/11
Leader’s allowance £2,160.00 £6,228.00 £13,775.00
Basic allowance £400.00 £5,112 £6,612
Total £2,560.00 £11,340 £20,387

In 2009/10 Council resolved that the basic Members’ allowance should be reduced by £1,500 on the 2007/08 allowance (£6,612) but that this should be restored in the 2010/11 financial year. The Special Responsibility Allowances (including the Leader’s allowance) were reduced by 50% in 2009/10 on the 2007/08 level and restored to the 2007/08 level in 2010/11 but with a 5% reduction. For context the Special Responsibility Allowances and Members’ allowances were reduced by a further 5% in 2011/12 and the proposal is that they remain frozen in 2012/13.


2. The total cost of the Brentwood Borough Council Members’ allowances in the financial 2000-2001 and each financial year from 2009-2011

2000/01 2009/10 2010/11
Basic allowance £68,441.63 £194,512.33 £233,703.42
Special responsibility allowance £25,293.53 £41,286.39 £53,112.91
Attendance £19,739.72 N/A N/A
Total £113,474.88 £235,798.72 £286,816.33

In 2009/10 Council resolved that the basic Members’ allowance should be reduced by £1,500 on the 2007/08 allowance (£6,612) but that this should be restored in the 2010/11 financial year at the 2007/08 level.

3. The annual percentage of Brentwood Borough Council Tax spent on Councillor/Member allowances in the financial year 2000-2001 and each financial year from 2009-2011
2000/2001 2009/10 2010/11
Percentage of Brentwood Borough Council’s portion of council tax 3.62% 4.19% 4.87%

4. The number of Brentwood Borough Council Members enrolled onto the Local Government Pension Scheme in the financial year 2000-2001

There were no Brentwood Borough Council Members enrolled in the LGPS in 2000-2001

5. The annual cost to Brentwood Borough Council of employer contributions into the Local Government Pension Scheme in the financial year 2000-2001.

As the published accounts for 2000-2001 did not require disclosure of pension fund data we are unable to provide that information.

6. The annual percentage of Brentwood Borough Council tax spent on employer contributions into the Local Government Pension Scheme in the financial year 2000-2001 and each financial year from 2009-2011

2000/2001 2009/10 2010/11
Percentage of Brentwood Borough Council portion of council tax Not available 44.09% 43.58%

The 2009/10 and following year’s percentage appears high due to a large scale Organisation Development which led to high pension strain due to redundancy. The burden on the council tax payer would not have increased.