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.

Council agreed at the meeting on 26 February 2020 that the pay award for 2020/21 will be 2.5%, giving the following allowances per annum: 

Basic allowance (for each Councillor) £5,313

Special Responsibility Allowances:

  • Leader of the Council £13,283

  • Other Cabinet Members £6,642

  • Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee £6,642

  • Vice Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee £3,321

  • Chairman of Planning Committees £5,977

  • Vice Chairman of Planning Committees £1,494 

  • Chairmen of Area Planning Sub-Committees* £4,649

  • Vice Chairman of Area Sub-Committees* £1,162

  • Chairman of Licensing Committee £2,657

  • Vice Chairman of Licensing Committee £664

  • Chairman of Audit and Standards Committee £3,985

  • Principal Opposition Group Leader £2,592

  • Leaders of Opposition groups with greater than 10% of total members £1,328

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

The Special Responsibility Allowances are calculated by way of the following formulas:

  • 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

Members' allowances and expenses:

Members allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020
Members allowances and expenses paid between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
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


More information

The latest Independent Remuneration Panel Report appears below:

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