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Agenda Item No. 6

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

ANNUAL MEETING: 13TH MAY, 2015

 

REPORT OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

 

 

EXECUTIVE ARRANGEMENTS – CABINET MEMBERSHIP AND PORTFOLIOS AND PAYMENT OF SENIOR SALARIES

 

Part 4(A) of the Constitution - 'Council Procedure Rules' - provides that the Annual Meeting will be told by the Leader of the names of councillors he/she has chosen to be Deputy Leader and members of the Cabinet.

 

Article 7 of the Constitution - 'The Executive' - provides that 'The Executive will consist of the Executive Leader together with at least two, but not more than nine, councillors appointed to The Executive by the Executive Leader'.

 

Under the provisions of the 2014 report of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, the Vale of Glamorgan Council is able to pay up to a maximum of 18 Senior Salaries to Members in those positions agreed by the Council to receive such.  The figure of 18 does not include Civic Salaries able to be paid to a Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

 

Including Cabinet Members, it is proposed that the Council continue to pay a total of 16 Senior Salaries, together with Civic Salaries to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, as set out below:

  • Cabinet Members - 6
  • Group Leaders (in respect of Groups comprising 10% or more of the total membership of the Council)  - 3
  • Scrutiny Committee Chairmen - 5
  • Chairman of Planning Committee
  • Chairman of Licensing Committee
  • Mayor
  • Deputy Mayor.

Full details of the relevant payments, together with basic allowances for all Members, will be incorporated within the Council's Constitution.

 

The Leader has confirmed that, as part of their portfolios, Cabinet Members will continue to be designated as the Council’s 'Champions' with regard to the areas indicated below: 

 

Anti-Poverty Champion – Leader

Armed Forces’ Champion – Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services

Biodiversity Champion – to be determined (formerly Cabinet Member for Environment and Visible Services)

Carers’ Champion – Cabinet Member for Adult Services

Diversity Champion – Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Maintenance and Community Safety

Equalities Champion – Leader

Older People’s Champion – Cabinet Member for Adult Services

Safeguarding Champion – Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools

Superfast Broadband Champion – Cabinet Member for Regeneration,

 

It is recommended that the role of the following Champions continue to be undertaken by the position holder indicated:

 

Scrutiny Champion – Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen Group

Member Development Champion – Chairman of the Democratic Services Committee

 

RECOMMENDED -

 

(1)       T H A T the Leader inform the Council of the names of Councillors chosen to be Deputy Leader and Members of the Cabinet, together with details of their portfolios and, where appropriate, designation as 'Champions'.

 

(2)       T H A T the Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen Group and Chairman of the Democratic Services Committee continue to be designated the Council’s Scrutiny and Member Development Champions respectively.

 

(3)       T H A T the Council's payments of Senior Salaries for 2015/16 be as set out above.

 

Background Papers

 

Part 4(A) and Article 7 of the Constitution.

2014 Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.

 

Contact Officer

Jeff Wyatt, Tel: 01446 709408

 

Officers Consulted

Monitoring Officer

Operational Manager - Democratic Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director

 

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