Councillor receives £9,000 extra in pay by mistake

Councillor receives £9,000 extra in pay by mistake

By Gareth Dennison | 29/09/2020

Councillor receives £9,000 extra in pay by mistake

 

ROTHERHAM Council promised to review its allowances processes after an elected member was paid more than £9,000 extra by mistake.

The authority’s payroll department thought Cllr Sue Ellis had still been chairing the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority (SYPA) during 2019/20.

It meant the total paid was the same as the previous year £31,296 an overpayment of £9,016 on special responsibility allowance.

The error was highlighted after the publication of members’ allowances in the Advertiser earlier this summer.

Cllr Ellis, who chairs the RMBC licensing board, said she had been given an explanation, would pay the money back and had asked for processes to be reviewed.

But opposition member Cllr Brian Cutts said: “What can you say about Rotherham? Is it surprising? When I got stopped from the standards board they were very quick to stop my money. I didn’t get an overpayment.

“Whether it is an administrative error or not it is easy to explain it as an oversight. It’s not surprising in Rotherham.

“Whether she knew she was receiving these papers or not, these things always seem to go one way; they always go to the person and not to the benefit of Rotherham.”

Bal Nahal, RMBC head of legal services, confirmed the overpayments were made between May 2019 and August 2020.

She added: “The error occurred as a specific instruction to cease the payment for the chair of SYPA board was not communicated internally to RMBC’s payroll team.

“This omission resulted in the overpayment and, following which, to avoid a reoccurrence, new processes are being developed to ensure changes to member allowance payments are processed accurately.”

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