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Mayor, Councillors and Committees

Allowances and expenses

Councillors are entitled to receive or claim a range of allowances for undertaking their council duties.

Since 2000, the council has been required to appoint an independent panel to advise on an appropriate level for all allowances which are paid to Councillors. The full council sets the levels of allowances, taking into consideration the recommendations of the panel.

We keep a public register of all Councillors' expenses and subsistence claims. This year's register, as well as registers from past years, are in the documents section below.

What allowances are given

Allowances paid to Councillors are made up of the following:

Basic allowance

For 2019-20, this amount is £6,506. The same rate of basic allowance must be paid to all Councillors. Elected Members can also claim a broadband and telephone allowance up to a maximum of £25 per month.

Special responsibility allowance

Where a Councillor has a role with significant additional responsibility, they can be paid a special responsibility allowance. The rate of the allowance is dependent on the level of responsibility for which it is paid. The roles which are entitled to a special responsibility allowance are identified in the Members' Scheme of Allowances.

Travel and subsistence allowances

Travel can be claimed where a Councillor incurs expenditure in order to perform an approved council duty. This is paid at the Inland Revenue rate (currently 45 pence per mile). They can also claim subsistence when they're acting as the authorised representative of the council at a meeting, conference or seminar. Actual costs of standard rail, taxi and bus fares and other direct costs can also be claimed. Claims have to be supported by receipts.

Dependent carer's allowance

Councillors can claim a dependent carer's allowance where expenditure is necessarily and exclusively incurred in arranging care of children or dependants when undertaking approved duties. The allowance is paid per hour and in line with the National Living Wage.

Records of Councillor allowances

Allowances for 2019-2020 (currently covering the period April to September 2019)

Allowances for 2018-2019

Allowances for 2017-2018

Allowances for 2016-2017

Committee report: Councillor allowances 2018-2019

Allowances for 2015-2016

Allowances for 2014-2015

Mobile phone charges 2014-2015

Members' allowances corrections - amended June/August 2014 (Original data publication date: 31 May 2014)

Allowances for 2013-2014

Allowances for 2012-2013

Allowances for 2011-2012

Allowances for 2000-2011