The Local Government (Payments to Councillors) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 174
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 01/10/2019
 
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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

Local Government

Made

9 th September 2019

Coming into force

1 st October 2019

The Department for Communities(1) makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 31(1) , (3) and (4); and section 43(2) of the Local Government Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 2011(2).

In accordance with section 44(1) of that Act the Department has consulted councils, such associations representative of councils, such associations representative of officers of councils and such other persons or bodies as appear to be appropriate.

PART 1 GENERAL

Citation and commencement

  1. These Regulations may be cited as the Local Government (Payments to Councillors) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 and shall come into operation on 1 st October 2019.

    Interpretation

  2. In these Regulations—

    “the Act” means the Local Government Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 2011;

    “the 2014 Act” means the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014(3)

    “approved duty” means any of the following duties—

    attendance at a meeting of a council, or any of its committees or sub-committees, or at a meeting of a joint committee or any of its sub-committees; or

    the doing of anything approved by a council or a joint committee, for the purpose of, or in connection with, the discharge of the functions of the council, or any of its committees or sub-committees, joint committees or any of its sub-committees;

    “committee” or “joint committee” means a committee or joint committee appointed under section 11(1) of the 2014 Act;

    “committee member” means a person who is a member of a committee appointed under Section 11 or 12 of the 2014 Act; but is not a member of the council that appointed that committee;

    “year” means the period of 12 months ending on 31 st March in any year after the coming into operation of these Regulations.

    PART 2 SCHEMES FOR COUNCILLORS’ ALLOWANCES

    Scheme of allowances

  3. —(1) A council shall make a scheme in accordance with these Regulations for the payment of allowances to councillors and committee members in respect of each year.

    (2) A scheme must specify in respect of any year to which it relates the amount of, or means to ascertain the amount of,—

    (a) basic allowance; and

    (b) special responsibility allowance and, where different amounts apply to different responsibilities, the amount or means to ascertain the amount applicable to each.

    (3) The scheme shall also make provision for the following allowances if the council intends to make such payments in respect of that year—

    (a) dependants’ carers’ allowance; and

    (b) travel and subsistence allowances.

    (4) A scheme may provide for payments of allowances to be made at such times as may be specified in it and different times may be specified for different allowances.

    (5) A scheme may be amended or revoked at any time.

    (6) When a scheme is revoked in accordance with this regulation, a council shall, before the revocation takes effect, make a further scheme for the period beginning with the date on which the revocation takes effect and ending at the end of the year in question.

    Basic allowance

  4. —(1) A council may make a payment to each councillor by way of an allowance (“basic allowance”) for carrying...

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