Councillors’ expenses - the highs and the lows

EXPENSES and remuneration for members of Angus Council were considered, and approved, by Thursday’s meeting of the full council.

In general, those with the greatest responsibilities had the highest claims, although this trend was turned on its head by Councillor David Lumgair, a member of the ruling Alliance group. His total expenses claim came to £96 for mileage, despite his position as convener of the development control committee.

In addition, he was paid the standard remuneration for that position, £22,379.

The highest total claim was by the leader of the Council, Bob Myles, who received £38,518, comprising his remuneration of £32,470 and expenses of £6,048.

Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth councillors’ totals are seen in the accompanying table.

The only convenership not held by the Angus Alliance is that of the scrutiny and audit sub-committee, which is the responsibility of independent councillor Bob Spink, who receives no extra remuneration above his basic £16,234.

In the report to the council that accompanied the table, corporate services director Colin McMahon noted that during the year in question, elected members undertook a total of 350 hours of training and development.

He said: “This included formal training courses, conference, seminars, distance learning, vocational education, briefings, workshops and e-learning packages.”

As can be seen from the table, the total paid out in remuneration plus expenses was £619,189. This was £8,373 more than the previous year, an increase of less than 1.5 per cent.