As a result of feedback from local authority elected members and their representative bodies regarding their current remuneration regime, my colleague, the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, and I agreed to the appointment in June 2018 of Ms Sara Moorhead SC to carry out a review of the role and remuneration of local authority elected members.
Ms Moorhead submitted an Interim Report to me at the end of November 2018, which is publicly available on my Department's website at the following link:
In conducting the review, Ms Moorhead decided it was necessary to survey all local authority elected members and to seek financial information from all local authorities. In both cases, deadline extensions were granted to allow sufficient time for comprehensive responses to be made.
The drafting of the Final Report is at a very advanced stage and I expect to receive it shortly. Following the necessary consultation with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, I intend that the Review will be submitted to Government and published thereafter.