Councils are expected to annually report on councillor expenses publicly in order to improve transparency and integrity of the allowance system.23
The Inspectorate examined how expenses are being reported in council annual reports to ascertain compliance with regulation 14(2)(db) of the 2014 Regulations. Regulation 14(2) (db) requires councils to annually report details of expenses, including reimbursement of expenses, paid by the council for each councillor. The expenses are to be categorised separately as travel expenses, car mileage expenses, childcare expenses, information and communication technology expenses, and conference and training expenses.
The Inspectorate also sought to identify whether the five expenses categories in the 2014 Regulations are sufficient or should be amended or expanded; and explored the reporting of councillor expenses on council websites.
23. Section 98(2)(a) and 98(3)(d) of the Local Government Act 2020 and Regulation 14(2)(db) of the Local Government (Planning and Reporting) Regulations 2014