Dumfries and Galloway Council adopted a Scheme for Administration of Member Remuneration, Expenses and Travel [146kb].
The Council is required to make information on councillors' remuneration and expenses available for inspection at council offices when requested to do so in writing by a member of the public. It would be for that person to consider at which Council office they would wish see the information.
Members' expense claim forms are scanned and made available on the Council website on the 15th of each month (relating to the previous month).
|Annual Expenses||Monthly Expenses (for last 12 months)|
|2011/2012 [47kb]||May 2013|
|2010/2011 [47kb]||April 2013|
|2009/2010 [45kb]||March 2013|
|2008/2009 [15kb]||February 2013|
|2007/2008 [45kb]||January 2013|
|2006/2007 [42kb]||December 2012|
Under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration) Regulations 2007 as amended, there are four levels of remuneration payments for Councillors, depending on the responsibilities of the Councillor. These are the Leader of the Council, Convener, Senior Councillor and Councillor.
A Senior Councillor is a Councillor who holds a position of significant position of responsibility in the Council's Political Management Structure.
All other Councillors, other than the Leader of the Council and the Convener will receive the basic remuneration as prescribed by the Regulations. Remuneration is subject to income tax and national insurance deductions.
These expenses are paid at rates determined by Regulation. Councillors may claim costs incurred when travelling on approved duties.
The total amount of these payments will vary from Councillor to Councillor, depending on a number of factors. These factors include the distance that they live from Council Headquarters (which affects the amount of travelling required to attend the meetings of the Council), the area covered by their Ward and whether they represent the Council on external bodies such as COSLA.
The Council provides elected members with mobiles and broadband facilities to enable them to carry out Council business. Such costs are met directly by the Council but require to be published as a cost to the Councillor.
This allowance is paid to offset expenditure by the Convenor carrying out her Civic duties. The maximum yearly allowance prescribed by Regulation for Dumfries and Galloway Council is £3,000.