Chairman's Allowance and Budget's 2009/10
Allowances and Budgets
The Chairman and Vice chairman receive various extra allowances for their year’s office.
The Chairman and Vice chairman’s consorts receive nothing.
The basic councillor allowance is £4200 per annum
The Chairman receives and additional £6100. The Vice Chairman receives £2550. 25% is paid immediately upon taking office with the balance in monthly instalments. All allowances and expenses are taxed, at the rate normally paid by the postholder.
From this the Chairman / Vice Chairman are expected to fund all their expenses when attending functions. These include, the purchase of additional clothing and hats. Dinner/ball tickets, raffle tickets, refreshments, donations, in fact any expense other than the following.
The chairman has a hospitality budget of £6100.00. This is used for any and all functions that the Chairman wishes to host. These include, meetings and presentations where refreshments are required, mainly at the civic centre. This budget is also used for specific items requested by the chairman and not budgeted for else ware.
A transport budget of £5400. This is used for the transportation of the Chairman and consort to civic functions. These can be far and wide and is an essential part of making sure the couple get to the location, on time, properly prepared and properly presented.
Travelling Expenses. Should a function be one that the Chairman considers does not require the use of a chauffeur driven car, the Chairman can claim a mileage allowance at the rate of 47.7 pence per mile, for using their own car.
Other expenses can be claimed in the course of council work and these can be seen here:- http://www.wychavon.gov.uk/cms/pdf/wdc-councillors-members-allowances-scheme-2009-10.pdf
It is planned, as time goes on, to list individual councillor claims on the WDC website. I welcome details being available to the public. It is worth stating, that the hospitality and transport budgets are controlled by officers at WDC against strict criteria and receipts.