Timetable for local government remuneration setting

The Authority intends to review the ranking of each council on the size index every three years. At the beginning of each election year, we will issue a list showing the new governance pool we propose for each council (NB: this is not a national pool). This timing will allow existing councils to assess changes and make recommendations for remuneration based on the size of the pool available, well before the election at which they will be required to implement the pool. People considering running for office will have this information prior to the election, for example: they will have an indication of the remuneration they could expect if elected as a councillor without any additional responsibilities.

Each council is expected to submit a proposal to the Authority in the first part of the calendar year in which the election is scheduled.  We will issue a determination in the middle of that year which will have two parts:

  • Part One - for the period from July 1 till the day on which the new council assumes office, and
  • Part Two - for implementation when the new council takes office following the election.

When the new council takes office, all councillors (except the mayor) will receive the base councillor remuneration set out in Part One of that year’s determination.  For positions of responsibility (including the subsequently elected chair of a regional council), the remuneration will apply from the date the new council makes its formal decision on roles. If newly elected councils wish to change the proposal they will have a window of three months following the election to do so and submit the proposed changes to us for incorporation into a determination that will be backdated to the date the new council made its formal decision on roles and appointments.

In the years between the assessments of the “governance pool”, all local government elected member remuneration will be changed on an annual basis using the same public sector equivalent formula that the Authority utilises for parliamentary remuneration.

The 2018/19 Determination (effective 1 July 2018) will introduce the first of three steps towards re-aligning   councils to their new ranking on the size index. During the first quarter of 2019, councils will be advised of the governance pool that they will be allocated following the 2019 local government election. They will be asked by the Authority to provide a formal response outlining how the pool will be allocated to individual roles within their council following the 2019 election.

The 2019/20 Determination Part One - effective 1 July 2019) will be an interim determination applying until the new council assumes office following the election and will apply until the new council assumes office following the election.  Note, new councils elected in 2019 will have the opportunity to amend proposals submitted to the Authority by the outgoing councils.

Part Two of the 2019/20 Determination will come into effect the day after the polling day (13 October 2019).  Part Two will introduce the new governance pool for each council to apply following the 2019 local government election.  More information on this will be provided to councils during 2018/19.