Remuneration for community board members

Base remuneration

A council’s rank on the size index, used for the remuneration of mayors/regional chairs and councillors, is not used to size community board remuneration, which is related solely to population size.

The primary function of community boards is representation, so the Authority has taken the view that having community board remuneration linked to population is fairer to board members. It is reasonable to expect that the time, effort and expertise required to represent a large number of people would be greater than that for a smaller number of people, thus the remuneration of members of a community board serving a large population will be greater than that of members of a board serving a small population.

This does not mean that community board remuneration is an exact fixed multiple of its population; rather it means that there is relativity between a community board’s population and the remuneration of its elected members.

Until such time as there is a formal review of community boards, their members are likely to received remuneration increases in line with public sector pay increases.

Where a councillor is formally appointed as a member or chair of a community board, she or he is not automatically entitled to remuneration as a councillor as well as remuneration as a community board member. However, until the 2019 election, a council may apply to the Authority to pay some extra remuneration to that councillor from its capped fund. Following the 2019 election any such additional remuneration will come from the council’s governance pool.

Chairs

The remuneration of an elected chair of a community board will be twice the remuneration of a community board member (including additional remuneration for that board’s members, if any). The Authority will require confirmation that the chair will carry out the additional responsibilities for that role.

The deputy chair of a community board is remunerated as a board member. That reflects the Authority’s view that the role of deputy chair is not sufficiently different from that of a board member to warrant additional remuneration. A deputy chair will be able to receive additional remuneration for any additional role of responsibility that the board might collectively have.

Increase in remuneration to reflect additional board responsibility

Until the 2019 election, if a community board has additional levels of responsibility, then the Authority may approve additional remuneration for all members of that board after receiving proposals from the relevant council. Additional levels of responsibility can be recognised only for the board as a whole, and not for individual members. Each proposal will be considered on a case by case basis. Evidence will be required to show how any community board is operating significantly above and beyond the role of community boards as outlined in section 52 of the Local Government Act 2002. The maximum amount that can be added to the community board member remuneration is 30%.

Additional remuneration for community boards is not drawn from the pool of 2.0 times the basic councillor remuneration that can be used for councillor positions of additional responsibility – any additionality for a community board is over and above the maximum amount of the councillor fund.

From the time that new councils take office following the 2019 election, councils may recommend additional remuneration for community boards, but the additional amount must be drawn from their governance pool, recognising that additional work by community board members relieves councillors of this work.