The Local Authorities (Members') Allowance (England) Regulations 2003 put in place a simplified framework for allowances. It covers county and district councils, London borough councils, and parish councils.

We are unable to revoke or amend our scheme of allowances without first considering the recommendations of an independent panel. During 2017 the Welland Independent Remuneration Panel prepared a report on behalf of the Council. This was considered by Council on 23 November 2017, when the recommendations were approved.

A remuneration panel is able to make recommendations for the council's scheme of allowances including special responsibility payments.

The council can decide to either accept none, some, or all of the panel's recommendations but it must take into account the panel's findings before it either amends its existing scheme or introduces a new scheme.