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5. Community and town councils

The panel mandated payment of a contribution to costs and expenses for members of councils in Groups 1 to 5; Receipts are not required for these payments. In order to identify which of the 5 groups your CTC is in. Please refer to Table 10 of the annual report.

In 2021 the Panel undertook a review of the remuneration framework for Community and Town Councils in Wales.

Following consultation, the Panel established five groups based on the size of the Council’s electorate. In addition, there will be a second factor for determining which group the council will be placed. Where income or expenditure permanently exceeds £200,000 a year, it will be moved upwards to the next group.

Community and town councils in Groups 1 to 5 must make available a payment to each of their members of £150 per year for costs incurred in respect of telephone usage, information technology, consumables etc.

Community and town councils in Group 1 must make available an annual payment of £500 each to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 7 members in recognition of specific responsibilities. This is in addition to the £150 payment for costs and expenses.

Community and town councils in Group 2 must make an annual payment of £500 each to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 5 members in recognition of specific responsibilities. This is in addition to the £150 payment for costs and expenses.

Community and town councils in Groups 3 to 4 can make an annual payment of up to £500 each to up to 3 members in recognition of specific responsibilities. This is in addition to the £150 payment for costs and expenses.

Community and town councils in Group 5 can make an annual payment of up to £500 to members in in recognition of specific responsibilities. This is in addition to the £150 payment for costs and expenses.

All community and town councils must provide for the contribution towards costs for the care and personal assistance in respect of a dependant under 16 years of age, or a minor or adult who normally lives with the member as part of their family and who cannot be left unsupervised (provided by informal or formal carers). The purpose of this is to enable people who have personal support needs and or caring responsibilities to carry out their duties effectively as a member of an authority. Payment shall only be made on production of receipts from the care provider.

Compliance

Community and town councils must also publish a statement of payments by 30th September each year. This document details all payments made to elected members in the previous municipal year.