The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales produces an Annual Report, which sets out the type and levels of payments that authorities may or must make available to their members and co-opted members. They also require councils to publish the scope and amounts of these salaries and allowances for their particular authority:
At the end of the financial year, each Council publishes a breakdown of how much each individual Councillor and co-opted member has received:
The rates of travel allowances are: -
Councillors and co-opted members can also claim for bus, train and taxi fares. Only actual costs can be claimed when supported by a receipt.
Councillors and Co-opted Members can claim travel expenses for 'approved duties' defined as: -
Subsistence allowances are available for undertaking official duties away from home.
The maximum subsistence allowance is £28 per day (including breakfast when not provided as part of overnight accommodation).
The allowances available for an overnight stay whilst undertaking an approved duty are set at £200 for London and £95 elsewhere with receipts to be provided. A maximum of £30 is available for an overnight stay with friends or relatives whilst on approved duty.
Claims for subsistence and an overnight stay can only be made for actual costs with receipts provided. Claims for subsistence cannot be made when undertaken duties within the county borough.
All authorities must provide for the reimbursement of necessary costs for the care of dependent children and adults and for personal assistance needs up to a maximum of £403 per month. Reimbursement shall only be made on production of receipts from the carer.
The reimbursement of the costs of care is intended to enable any person whose ability to participate as a member of an authority would be limited by their responsibilities as a carer, or for a member to receive care support to enable that individual to carry out their role.
An elected member is entitled to retain a basic salary when taking family absence under the regulations irrespective of the attendance record immediately preceding the commencement of the family absence.
When a senior salary holder is eligible for family absence, he/she will continue to receive the salary for the duration of the absence. It is a matter for the authority to decide whether or not to make a substitute appointment. The elected member substituting for a senior salary holder taking family absence will be eligible to be paid a senior salary, if the authority decides.