Councillor allowances when unable to perform duties

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Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am writing to ascertain the following:

Do councillors draw their allowances when they are unable to fulfill their duties, e.g. when ill or abroad on holiday?

Do councillors have to provide a sick note when absent due to illness?

If a councillor can only fulfill partial duties, are the allowances paid pro rata, in view of the current economic climate to save money in every aspect of council activity?

How many councillors have been unable to fulfill their duties and provided sick notes in the last 12 (twelve ) months?

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Tully

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,

Thank you for your email received on 11 January 2017 requesting information about Councillor Allowances.

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2017.01.3099.

This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a response by 8 February 2017.

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Kind regards,

Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,
 
Freedom of Information request F2017-01-3099 and F2017.01.3100
 
Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your two recent
Freedom of Information Requests (F2017.01.3009 and F2017.01.3100).  Whilst
you submitted two separate responses I have provided a complete response
to both enquiries which I trust is acceptable .
 

No Question Response
Do councillors draw their
allowances when they are unable
1. to fulfill their duties, e.g. Yes
when ill or abroad on holiday?
 
No.  Elected Members are elected into
Do councillors have to provide a office by their constituents and are
sick note when absent due to not employees of the Council.  There
2. illness? is therefore no requirement for them
  to provide a sick note if they are
absent due to illness
 
In May 2016, the Council agreed to
If a councillor can only fulfill adopt the Scheme of Members
partial duties, are the Allowances for 2016/17 which has
allowances paid pro rata, in view included the introduction of an
3. of the current economic climate incentivisation scheme for elected
to save money in every aspect of members (based on a set of criteria
council activity? that will be required to achieve
payment of the full allowance).
 
How many councillors have been See question 2 above
4. unable to fulfill their duties  
and provided sick notes in the  
last 12 (twelve) months?

5. If a councillor is unable to perform their duties:
 

Each of Knowsley’s 15 wards has three
elected representatives to represent
What procedure is in place to their constituents.  An alternative
ensure the council 'day to day' ward member would always be available
5a activity remains functioning ? to deal with enquiries should one
  colleague be ill or on holiday to
ensure 'day to day' activity is
maintained.
 
Are the councillors subject to
the same procedures as an No.  Elected Members are elected into
5b employee of the council, when on office by their constituents and are
a prolonged absence? for example not employees of the Council.
- interviewed to ascertain if
they can continue in their role?
Section 85 of the Local Government
Act 1972 sets out a number of
provisions in respect of attendance
at Council meetings.  In particular,
the Act states that, if a Member
fails to attend a meeting for a
In view of the current economic period of six consecutive months
climate, where every pound makes running from the date of his/her last
a difference, at what point would attendance, he or she will cease
the council feel it is in the immediately to be a member of the
5c best interests of the community Authority.  The Council is able to
(council tax payer) to request a approve the absence of a Member for
councillor step down from their “some reason” so long as this is done
role(s)? before the expiry of the six-month
  period if this is due to extenuating
circumstances. This is a decision for
Elected Members to take at a full
meeting of the Council and will be
based on the circumstances of the
case.
 
Do councillors have regular
5d medicals to ensure they are fit No
for office?
 
If the councillors have medicals
5e are they funded by the council or N/A as the answer to 5d above was No.
their political party, to which
they have allegiance?

 
If you need further information please see contact details below.
 
Kind regards,
 
Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX
 
 
 
 
 

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Wayne Tully left an annotation ()

Freedom of Information request F2017-01-3099 and F2017.01.3100

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your two recent
Freedom of Information Requests (F2017.01.3009 and F2017.01.3100). Whilst
you submitted two separate responses I have provided a complete response
to both enquiries which I trust is acceptable .

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