Pembrokeshire County Councillors' expenses and allowances top £1m mark again
4:39pm Friday 26th July 2013 in News
MORE than £1 million was paid to Pembrokeshire county councillors in allowances and expenses during the last financial year.
The authority’s 42 existing, 18 new and 17 former members received a share of £1,021,237, which is down from the 2011/12 total of £1,036,232, but tops the £1m mark for the sixth year running.
The 2012/13 allowances were more complex in that they saw the Members’ Allowance Scheme change after the start of the financial year. The old scheme ran for just April 2012, during which members shared £21,737 in basic and special responsibility allowances.
That system came under review by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, which decided to introduce a new scheme after the May election, covering the remainder of the financial year.
During that period members shared £486,640 in basic salary, £445,823 in senior salary, £29,425 in IT allowance and £37,612 in travelling and subsistence.
The leader of the council, Cllr Jamie Adams, received a total of £46,356 under the new scheme, while his deputy leaders, Cllrs Huw George and Rob Lewis, got £29,047 and £30,770 respectively.
Cllrs Wynne Evans and David Simpson both received more than £2,500 in travelling and subsistence, while 32 other members did not put in any claims under that section.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority members’ allowances and expenses have also been released in the past week. During 2012/13 its 19 members claimed £37,685 in basic salary, £13,784 in senior salary and £4,242 in travelling and subsistence.
Last year’s chairman of the PCNPA, Cllr Tony Brinsden, received £12,255, while this year’s chairman, Cllr Mike James, got £9,199.
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