£281k paid to city councillors

A list of allowance payments to councillors including council leader Eileen Blamire have been published.
A list of allowance payments to councillors including council leader Eileen Blamire have been published.

£281k paid to Lancaster city councillors

Twenty-five of the council’s 60 members earned the basic allowance only of £3,300, which rises to £3,350 this year.

The rest were paid additional responsibility allowances and travel and subsistence on top.

The highest amount paid, £14,582, went to council leader Coun Eileen Blamire, followed by £9,830 paid to deputy leader Coun Janice Hanson.

Cabinet members are paid £5,529 special responsibility allowance.

The next highest allowance of £3,570 was paid to both Coun Helen Helme as planning chairman and Coun Margaret Pattison as licensing regulatory chairman.

The highest travel and subsistence total claim of £349 was paid to ex-councillor Roger Dennison, with Ron Sands next with £323.25 and Margaret Pattison with £310.90.

A Lancaster City spokesman said that all travel and subsistence claims “relate to out of pocket travel and subsistence expenses and mileage claims incurred in relation to official council duties”.

Councillors receive a basic annual allowance to cover demands on their time such as council meetings, meetings with officers, constituents and official council business.

The allowance also covers costs such as the use of homes and private telephones.

Members’ allowances are considered periodically by the Lancaster City Council Independent Remuneration Panel.

The panel consists of up to seven independent people appointed by the council. The recommendations of the panel are then considered by the council.

Below is the full list of Lancaster city councillors’ allowance and expenses payments in 2014/15.

Tony Anderson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £3,315, travel and subsistence £0, total £6,615.

June Ashworth, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £3,454.20, travel and subsistence £70.90, total £6,825.10.

Jon Barry, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £5,529.96, travel and subsistence £0, total £8,829.96.

Mark Bevan, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Eileen Blamire, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £11,059.92, travel and subsistence £222.12, total £14,582.04.

Dave Brookes, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Abbott Bryning, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £5,529.96, travel and subsistence £169.25, total £8,999.21.

Keith Budden, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £714.16, travel and subsistence £245.40, total £4,259.56.

Shirley Burns, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Susie Charles, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Chris Coates, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Roger Dennison, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £1,843.30, travel and subsistence £349.19, total £5,492.49.

Sheila Denwood, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Jonathan Dixon, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £1,076.66, travel and subsistence £0, total £4,376.66.

Jack Filmore, basic allowance £2,750, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £2,750.

Melanie Forrest, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Paul Gardner, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £2,725, travel and subsistence £99,15, total £6,124.15.

Kathleen Graham, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Mike Greenall, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £435, travel and subsistence £41.40, total £3,776.40.

Janet Hall, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £1,283.37, travel and subsistence £0, total £4,583.37.

Tim Hamilton-Cox, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £5.529.96, travel and subsistence £125.70, total £8,955.66.

Janice Hanson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £6,530.04, travel and subsistence £0, total £9,380.04.

John Harrison, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Helen Helme, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £3,570.80, travel and subsistence £63, total £6,933.80.

Billy Hill, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Caroline Jackson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Joan Jackson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £183.10, total £3,483.10.

Alycia James, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Tony Johnson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Andrew Kay, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Tracey Kennedy, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

David Kerr, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £690.84, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,990.84.

Geoff Knight, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £123.05, total £3,423.05.

Karen Leytham, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £5,529.96, travel and subsistence £0, total £8,829.96.

Roger Mace, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £1,209.96, travel and subsistence £97.65, total £4,607.61.

Geoff Marsland, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Terrie Metcalfe, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £595,80, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,895.80.

Abi Mills, basic allowance £2,750, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £2,750.

Richard Newman-Thompson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Jane Parkinson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Ian Pattison, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £545, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,845.

Margaret Pattison, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £3,570.80, travel and subsistence £310.90, total £7,181.70.

Pam Pickles, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Robert Redfern, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Sylvia Rogerson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £362.50, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,662.50.

Richard Rollins, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Ron Sands, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £5,529.96, travel and subsistence £323.25, total £9,153.21.

Liz Scott, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £9.50, total £3,309.50.

Roger Sherlock, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £362.50, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,662.50.

Vikki Singleton, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £714.96, travel and subsistence £0, total £4,014.96.

David Smith, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £5,529.96, travel and subsistence £10.40, total £8,840.36.

Emma Smith, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Keith Sowden, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £233.10, total £3,533.10.

Susan Sykes, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Joyce Taylor, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £72.50, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,372.50.

Malcolm Thomas, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £2,280, travel and subsistence £0, total £5,580.

David Whitaker, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.

Peter Williamson, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £3,318, travel and subsistence £199.60, total £6,817.60.

Paul Woodruff, basic allowance £3,300, special responsibility £0, travel and subsistence £0, total £3,300.