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The Local Authorities (Allowances for Members) (Wales) Regulations 2007

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Special responsibility allowances

8.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) to (5), a scheme made under this Part may provide for the payment for each year to which the scheme relates of an allowance (“special responsibility allowance”) to such members of the authority who are councillors as have such special responsibilities in relation to that authority as are —

(a)prescribed by the Panel for that authority in

(i)the initial report; or

(ii)any supplementary report; and

(b)specified in the scheme.

(2) A special responsibility allowance may not be paid to more than fifty per cent of the members of the authority (calculated using the total number of seats on the authority and by rounding up the number of members to the next whole number when in calculating the percentage the number is not a whole number).

(3) The amount of entitlement in respect of a special responsibility by way of special responsibility allowance payable by an authority must not, subject to regulation 11 and paragraphs (1) to (3) of regulation 12, exceed the amount prescribed by the Panel for that special responsibility and that authority in -

(a)other than where sub-paragraph (b) applies, the initial report in pursuance of regulation 34(1)(b)(ii);

(b)a supplementary report, the relevant provisions of which for the time being apply.

(4) An authority must not pay more than one special responsibility allowance to a member who is a councillor of that authority.

(5) Any scheme making such provision as is mentioned in paragraph (1) must provide that -

(a)where a member does not have throughout a year any such special responsibilities as entitle a member to a special responsibility allowance, that member’s entitlement is be to payment of such proportion of that allowance as the number of days during which that member has such special responsibilities bears to the number of days in that year; and

(b)where a scheme is amended as mentioned in paragraph (2) of regulation 6 and a member does not have throughout the whole of any period mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) of that paragraph any such special responsibilities as entitle a member to a special responsibility allowance that member’s entitlement is to payment of such proportion of the allowance applicable to each such period as represents the number of days the member’s term in office subsists in that period as a proportion of the number of days in the period.

(6) A scheme must specify that where a member is suspended or partially suspended from that member’s responsibilities or duties as a member of an authority in accordance with Part III of the Local Government Act 2000 or regulations made under that Part, the part of special responsibility allowance payable to that member in respect of the responsibilities or duties from which that member is suspended or partially suspended must be withheld by the authority.

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