Allowances for Councillors

Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, the Council has received recommendations from an Independent Remuneration Panel appointed in accordance with the Local Government Act 2000 regarding the allowances paid to Councillors.

On 7 December 2016 the Council considered the findings of the Panel and agreed that future indexation should be in line with Officer’s pay award, with the linking of the Special Responsibility Allowances to the Basic Allowance. Council agreed on the meeting of 21 February 2018 that the pay award for 2018/19 will be 2.5%, giving the following allowances:  

  • The Basic Allowance for Members of the Council for 2018/19 should be increased from £4,942 to £5,066

  • The Leader of the Council to receive 2.5 x the Basic Allowance

  • Cabinet Members and the Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny to receive 50% of the Leader's Allowance

  • Vice-Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny to receive 50% of Chairman's Allowance

  • Chairman of Planning Committee to receive 45% of Leader’s Allowance

  • Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee to receive 25% of Chairman’s Allowance

  • Chairmen of Area Planning Sub Committees to receive 35% of Leader’s Allowance

  • Vice Chairman of Area Planning Sub Committees to receive 25% of Chairman’s Allowance

  • Chairman of Licensing Committee to receive 20% of Leader’s Allowance

  • Vice Chairman of Licensing Committee to receive 25% of Chairman’s Allowance

  • Chairman of Audit and Standards Committee to receive 30% of Leader’s Allowance

  • Principal Opposition Group Leader to receive 20% of Leader’s Allowance

  • Leaders of Opposition Group with 10% Plus of Total Members to receive 10% of Leader’s Allowance

  • Leaders of Opposition Group with less than 10% of Total Members to have their allowance withdrawn

Member allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018

Members allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017
Members allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016
Members allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015
Members allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014
Members allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013

The details of the allowances payable for 2018/19 are set out below:

Types of allowance (figures are allowance per annum) 

Basic Allowance (for each Councillor) £5,066

Special Responsibility Allowances:

  • Leader of the Council £12,665

  • Other Cabinet Members £6,333

  • Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee £6,333

  • Vice Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee £3,167

  • Chairman of Planning Committees £5,699

  • Vice Chairman of Planning Committees £1,425 

  • Chairmen of Area Planning Sub-Committees* £4,433

  • Vice Chairman of Area Sub-Committees* £1,108

  • Chairman of Licensing Committee £2,533

  • Vice Chairman of Licensing Committee £633

  • Chairman of Audit and Standards Committee £3,800

  • Principal Opposition Group Leader £2,533

  • Leaders of Opposition groups with greater than 10% of total members £1,267

*There are three area Planning Sub-Committees for the North, East and South areas of the Council. 

More information

The latest Independent Remuneration Panel Report appears below:

Previous years reports are also available:

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