Special responsibility allowances and full-time councillors

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Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

Please provide me with the following information, which I am requesting under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act:

1) In the current municipal year, how many councillors receive a ‘special responsibility allowance’ in addition to their basic allowance? Please provide this both as both a number and as percentage of all councillors.

2) Of those councillors in receipt of an SRA, how many receive an allowance for working full-time (5 days a week) on council business?

3) For each of the past 3 years:
- What was the total cost of councillor allowances?
- Of that total, how much was made up of basic allowances?
- How much was ‘special responsibility allowances’?
- How much was other allowances (e.g. childcare, travel, phone, meeting attendance etc)?

I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Warne

Beverley McKenzie, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 3292568

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Dear Mr Warne
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 2 February
2016  requesting:

1) In the current municipal year, how many councillors receive a special
responsibility allowance' in addition to their basic allowance? Please
provide this both as both a number and as percentage of all councillors.

2) Of those councillors in receipt of an SRA, how many receive an
allowance for working full-time (5 days a week) on council business?

3) For each of the past 3 years:

What was the total cost of councillor allowances?

Of that total, how much was made up of basic allowances?

How much was 'special responsibility allowances'?

How much was other allowances (e.g. childcare, travel, phone, meeting
attendance etc)?
 
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Jane Jones
Admin Officer
Legal Services
020 7364 4736
[email address]
 
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Jane Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Our reference: 3292568

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Dear Mr Warne
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Jane Jones
Admin Officer
Legal Services
020 7364 4736
[email address]
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