Ó Broin calls for overhaul of councillor pay and expenses
Responding to media reports that the Minister Varadkar plans to introduce changes to county councillor PRSI contributions, Eoin Ó Broin Sinn Féin spokesperson on Local Government has said a complete overhaul of councillor pay and expenses is required.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The moves towards reforming the PRSI contribution scheme that councillors are currently liable for make sense. At the moment, Councillors pay a PRSI rate of 4% under Class K but do not receive any social insurance entitlements.
“Of the two options outlined in media reports, either a cash refund of the contributions or establishing a pension entitlement, Sinn Féin supports the latter as a lot of councillors have no other job that would enable them to contribute towards any other pension entitlement.
“The entire system of pay and expenses for councillors needs to be reviewed. The system needs to be modernised taking into account the increased workload and the fact the more councillors are full-time councillors. All of this would need to be looked at in conjunction with the Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) and the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG).
“The Programme for a Partnership government pledges to prepare a report by mid-2017 on how to boost local government leadership and accountability. The merit of elected councillors being treated by the system as full-time elected officials needs to be examined as part of this report.”