Agenda and draft minutes

General Purposes - Wednesday 8th June, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Rooms 18.01 & 18.03, 18th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP. View directions

Contact: Tristan Fieldsend, Senior Committee and Councillor Co-ordinator  Email:  tfieldsend@westminster.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To note any changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1           There were no changes to the membership.

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of the existence and nature of any pecuniary interests or any other significant interest in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1      There were no declarations of interest.

 

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 199 KB

To sign the minutes of the meeting held on 22 February 2022.

Minutes:

3.1      RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 February 2022 be signed as a correct record of proceedings.

 

4.

Member Allowances Scheme 2022-2023 - Amendment pdf icon PDF 419 KB

Minutes:

4.1      The Committee received a report setting out amendments to the Member Allowances Scheme 2022-2023 which had been formally adopted by Council on 2 March 2022.

 

4.2      It had previously been discussed by the General Purposes Committee that a review of the scheme would be undertaken following the local elections in May 2022. The amended scheme set out in the report reflected the uplift in allowances of 1.75% that had been applied in line with the salary increase for Council staff agreed by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services. The amended scheme also reflected the reduction in the total number of Councillors from 60 to 54. The Committee noted the importance of consultation in drawing up the Members’ Allowances Scheme and in addition noted that regard had been given to the recommendations of the London-wide Independent Remuneration Panel convened by London Councils.</AI4>

 

4.3      The Committee discussed the current level of IT allowance available to members and noted that the former Finance, Smart City and City Management Policy and Scrutiny Committee had recommended an increase of £250. During the debate it was agreed that it was justifiable for the one-off IT allowance to be increased by £250 to £1,250. This allowance had not been increased for a significant period of time and with current inflationary pressures an increase in the IT allowance would help support those members requesting it, in their roles. 

 

RESOLVED:

 

1)          That the Council be recommended to approve the amended Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2022-2023.

 

2)          That the Council be recommended to agree an increase in the Members IT Allowance by £250 to a total of £1,250.