News | Anthony Lewis - Local Democracy Reporting Service | Published: 09:13, Thursday April 25th, 2019.
Last updated: 13:53, Thursday April 25th, 2019
The amount that members of the South Wales Fire authority could earn this year is set to be decided.
The authority which oversees South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, covering ten council areas, would see members get a basic annual salary of £1,780 in 2019-20 to cover their duties.
The rate of pay handed out to fire authority members is determined by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW) and is set to go before a meeting of the fire authority on Monday, April 29, for approval.
There are also senior salaries to be paid, with the chairman of the fire authority set to receive an annual amount of £10,480 and the deputy chairman and the chairman of the Local Pension Board getting £5,480.
Currently a member who gets a senior salary at their home local authority is not allowed to receive a salary from the fire authority.
The chairmen of each of the authority’s committees which include finance, audit and performance management, and HR and equalities, would also receive £5,480.
The chairman of the standards committee would get a £256 daily fee or a £128 half-day fee with standards committee co-optees getting a daily fee of £198 and a half-day fee of £99.
All members would be reimbursed for any costs of care by a maximum of £403 per month.
The duties covered by the by the annual salaries include:
Attendance at any fire authority meeting, any committee meeting or working group meeting of the fire authority or any body to which the fire authority makes appointments or nominations including their committees
Attendance at any meeting of association of authorities of which the fire authority is a member
Attendance at any other meeting authorised by the fire authority, by a fire authority committee or joint committee and one or more fire authorities
A duty undertaken for the purpose of or in connection with the discharge of the functions of the fire authority
A duty undertaken in connection with the discharge of any function of the fire authority which empowers or requires the authority to inspect or authorise the inspection of premises
Attendance at any training or developmental event approved by the fire authority or its senior members.
In terms of mileage rates, members are entitled to claim 45p per mile for using private cars up to 10,000 miles and 25p per mile for over 10,000 miles.
For private motorcycles and bicycles, the figures are 24p per mile and 20p per mile respectively and there is a passenger supplement of 5p per mile.
The maximum allowances for an overnight stay are £200 for London and £95 for elsewhere.
A maximum of £30 is available for an overnight stay with friends or relatives while on approved duty.
The day subsistence rate is up to a maximum of £28 and covers a 24-hour period which can be claimed for any meal if relevant, provided the claim is supported by receipts.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service covers Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan.