Local Authorities are already required to publish, under the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (Statutory Instrument 2015/234):
- The number of employees whose remuneration in that year was at least £50,000 in brackets of £5,000
- Details of remuneration and job title of certain senior employees whose salary is at least £50,000, and
- Employees whose salaries are £150,000 or more must also be identified by name.
In addition to this requirement, local authorities must place a link on their website to these published data sets or place the data itself on their website, together with a list of responsibilities (for example, the services and functions they are responsible for, budget held and number of staff) and details of bonuses and ‘benefits-in-kind’, for all employees whose salary exceeds £50,000.
Currently, Penzance Council has one post where remuneration is £50,000 or greater – the post of Town Clerk. The salary is within the LC4 Upper benchmarking range (Spinal Column Points 48 to 52) as recommended by the national Association of Local Councils and the Society of Local Council Clerks and is based upon size of population, budget and level of services of the Council.
The Town Clerk’s principle areas of responsibility are to:
- manage the Council’s assets, staff, procedures and decision-making process to deliver the Council’s Strategic Aims and Objectives within the statutory framework.
- assist Members in policy formulation, business planning and the development of the Council.
- provide advice and assist the Council in making effective and legal decisions.
- work constructively with partners in the private, voluntary and public sectors to identify, negotiate and develop new business opportunities, enhancing service delivery and developing community assets and amenities including improving the lives of those who visit, work or reside in the Penzance Parish.
- oversee the arrangements of town events and festivals, including civic and ceremonial events
- provide advice to the Mayor and Councillors on matters of civic protocol, statutory powers and public affairs generally
Penzance Council does not pay bonuses or benefits-in-kind to employees.