Councillors' Special Responsibility Allowances

Alan Combe made this Freedom of Information request to Newham Borough Council

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

(1) Can I please have a list of the Cabinet Members and Mayoral Advisors appointed at the Council Annual meeting on 5 June 2014, annotated with the amount of special responsibility allowance each of them has been granted.

(2) Can I please have a list showing the amount of special responsibility allowance paid to each of the Cabinet Members and Mayoral Advisors in the first quarter of this municipal year. (June July August)

Yours faithfully,

Alan Combe

Newham Borough Council

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Newham Council

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Mike Law left an annotation ()

Good luck with this. As you can see, I submitted a very similar request. Newham have yet to give me an answer. I have always maintained that Mayoral special responsibility allowances are just for giving Wales mates a salary and buying off the votes of other, potentially awkward, councillors.

Alan Combe left an annotation ()

I suspect the real reason for the reluctance to publish, is a desire to keep the figures away from his colleagues. I understand Labour Group did not get to see or approve to final allocation of allowances.


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Alan Combe left an annotation ()

At long last - why on earth has it taken 6 months to release this information. I am not the only person to have asked for it, when they failed to publish it last June.

Alan Combe left an annotation ()

We can now see, to no particular surprise, that the boys closest to the Mayor outside the Cabinet get the most money. The new women in the executive positions are largely cosmetic! Designed to give the appearance of gender balanced administration. As ever ... Follow the money!

Martin Warne left an annotation ()

The information is incomplete. That list is missing at least a dozen 'mayoral advisors' including, for example, most of the lead community councillors.

Martin Warne left an annotation ()

Mayoral advisors missing from the response given by the authority are:

Councillor Ayesha Chowdhury, Community Lead for Beckton
Councillor Hanif Abdulmuhit, Community Lead for Green Street
Councillor Idris Ibrahim, Community Lead for Custom House & Canning Town
Councillor Masihullah Patel, Community Lead for Stratford and West Ham
Councillor Patrick Murphy, Community Lead for Royal Docks
Councillor Rohima Rahman, Community Lead for Forest Gate
Councillor Salim Patel, Community Lead for Manor Park

It is also unclear whether the remuneration listed for Councillor Lakhmini Shah covered just her cabinet responsibility for children's safeguarding or it included her additional duties as community lead for East Ham.

Mike Law left an annotation ()

This doesn't surprise me. It took me six years to get confirmation from the council that the amount is awarded in accordance with the number of days a friend of the mayor can spend loafing about.

As the council is refusing to give information with regard to what mayoral advisors are supposed to do for their £33k, we can come to the conclusion that mayoral portfolios are just a means for Wales to pay his mates well and are a monumental piss take of an indicator of the contempt the Mayor and Newham's councillors have for the borough's residents.

Alan Combe left an annotation ()

A further request has been submitted to elicit the missing information.

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

Here is a very interesting article from Left Foot Forward on this

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

You may find this of help as well

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

Sorry it is not Left Foot Forward it's Left Futures.