Councillors’ allowances and expenses

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Councillors are entitled to an allowance to cover their duties. Some councillors also receive a special responsibility allowance (SRA) for extra duties they perform.

Councillors who hold more than one post are only entitled to claim the highest SRA. These allowances will be increased every year in line with the percentage yearly increase for officers’ salaries.

Councillors can also claim an allowance for carers’ costs, travelling and subsistence costs when carrying out certain duties outside the borough.​

Below are details of allowances and payments for members each year since 2006 to 2017.

The figures shows that some councillors didn’t hold office for a full year.

​Allowance 

​Amount (£) 

Payable to​

​Basic Allowance ​10,322 ​All members in addition to special responsibility allowance if applicable​
​​​​​​​​​​​Special Responsibility Allowance ​41,289 ​Leader of the council
26,838 Deputy leader of the council 
21,677 ​Cabinet members 
​16,516 ​Leader of the opposition party 
​8,258 ​Junior cabinet members | chair of planning committee | chair of licensing committee | chairs of the overview scrutiny committees | council chief whip | mayor
​4,129 ​Chair of audit and governance committee | chair of pensions fund committee | chair of transport liaison consultative group | vice chair of licensing committee | vice chair of planning committee | main opposition chief whip 
​958 ​Independent person appointed (with effect from 1 July 2012) under section 28 of the Localism Act 2011
​699 ​Independent member of audit and governance committee