1. Section 99 of the Local Government Act
2000 amended section 18 of the Local Government and Housing Act
1989, inserting a new subsection 3(A). This enables the Assembly
to introduce regulations which will provide for county or county
borough councils to determine which members might be entitled
2. The Assembly Government intends to bring
such regulations before the Assembly, allowing local authorities
to operate a severance scheme in 2004. In addition, regulations
will be introduced which will make allowances pensionable and
such a scheme would not be available to any councillors who had
opted to join a pension scheme operated by the authority.
3. The severance scheme would be available
for one year only and would be available for councillors, aged
60 or over on the day of the 2004 elections, who declared their
intention, by the end of February 2003, not to stand for a further
term of office from the 2004 elections onwards. (Any revocation
of that decision, at any time, would make the individual liable
to repay any gratuity received in this scheme). Payment would
be made on completion of the councillor's term of office.
4. Members would qualify for payment if
they had served as a councillor for more than one complete term,
including broken service. The maximum amount payable by an authority
would be limited to £750 for each complete year of service,
subject to a maximum of £15,000.