On the dual mandate

There seems a bit of confusion on the issue of the dual mandate, of MLAs also being elected councillors. According to Peter Hain’s statement, “Jeff Rooker has discussed this with the major political parties and they are agreed that, following the resumption of Devolution – and not before – the issue of the dual mandate should be quickly addressed in legislation.[emphasis added]”.. that would be legislation through the Assembly presumably.. when, or if, it is resurrected.. and assuming the parties actually do agree..From Peter Hain’s speech [page 4 of the PDF file]

Jeff Rooker will be saying more about councillors including a commitment to a more appropriate level of remuneration and a severance scheme to recognise long-serving councillors who opt not to stand at the next Local Government elections. Finally, on Local Government, I want to turn to the issue of what is known as the dual mandate.

At present 69 of the 108 MLAs are sitting Councillors. In the future, the Assembly will have a role in overseeing the performance and financing of local government. I believe, in these circumstances, there is an unacceptable conflict of interest if the same people are sitting in both the Assembly and Councils.

Jeff Rooker has discussed this with the major political parties and they are agreed that, following the resumption of Devolution – and not before – the issue of the dual mandate should be quickly addressed in legislation.

  • Adrian

    He should have said he would deal with it in the Spring if devolution wasn’t up and running and added he would also start to cut MLA’s pay. The more pressure he can put on them to get devolution back the better.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    that would be legislation through the Assembly presumably

    Would it? I doubt turkeys would vote for Christmas either.

  • Butterknife

    There will an Order of the Assembly calling for a pay rise for MLAs etc. before this proposal is passed!

  • Animus

    Those councillors serving as MLAs will be able to continue to collect salaries as MLAs and then step down as councillors and pick up one-off severance payments as well.

    With all this talk of efficiency, how is it efficient to pay MLAs not to work?