The Council is legally required to operate an Independent Remuneration Panel in relation to Councillors' allowances. The Panel must consist of at least three people whose purpose is to make recommendations about the allowances paid to elected members. The Panel must review the Council's scheme each year. The Council must have regard to the Panel's recommendations, but need not follow them. Panel members cannot be a member of the Council or one of its committees, or of an authority in respect of which the Panel makes recommendations. In addition, they must not be disqualified from being a member of a local authority.
The Panel receives information from Councillors to enable them to reach informed decisions and considers comparative information from other councils, interview Councillors and generally undertake whatever research they consider necessary to enable them to make well founded recommendations.