But following consultations with member authorities the policy committee is recommended to press for even more local discretion. The report says that the amount of basic allowance should be left to local authorities, as should the rate for attendance allowance and what, if any, single member duties should have an allowance.
The AMA believes that employers should be compensated for time lost by employees away on council business. But further work is needed on how it will operate - and the Association warns the government in their report that councils do not have the resources to support the 'potentially high cost' of implementation. Additional resources should be made available in the revenue support grant settlement.