Survey: opinions on extending Dependants’ Carers’ allowance to parish and town councillors

The National Association of Local Councils has adopted a longstanding policy position that parish councillors should have the same rights as principal authority councillors to be able to claim the Dependants' Carers' allowance. At the moment parish councillors cannot reclaim monies under this allowance to pay for childcare and similar to attend parish council meetings. This is unfair as the same allowance is currently available to principal authority councillors and not to parish councillors.

The formal NALC position is that it seeks amendment of the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations, 2003 so that the provisions of paragraph 7 apply equally to local councils as to principal authorities.

In August 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government asked NALC for evidence of costings and case study evidence which would assist the Minister in considering the matter seriously. This survey is the best mechanism available to gather such information and relay it to DCLG by late January, 2017.

We would strongly encourage you to complete the survey by latest 18 January, 2017 using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GBTMCX5

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:47 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Consultations, HR, Parishes