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Members' allowance scheme for 2024-25

Here you can find out about the allowances councillors will get during 2024-25.

All councillors receive the basic allowance unless they request otherwise. Special responsibility allowances, such as that of the Chair of the Council, are paid to those who hold responsibility for these positions.

 

Allowance

Amount

Basic Allowance

£5,727.16

Chair of the Council

£4,581.73 + civic expenses

Vice Chair of the Council

£2,290.86

Leader of the Council

£14,031.54

Deputy Leader of the Council

£7,445.31

Portfolio holders

£7,004.89

Overview/Scrutiny and Ordinary Committee Chairs

£4,009.01

Chair of Licensing and Environmental Health Committee

£4,009.01

Licensing Panel (paid in addition to other SRA's)

£264.59 (to be paid in a municipal year when at least ten meetings of the Committee take place in a purely regulatory capacity; a payment will be made to members attending at least 50% of those meetings).

Chair of Planning Committee

£5,727.16

Members of Planning Committee

£1,145.43

Substitute members of the Planning Committee (paid in addition to other SRA's)

£132.30 (subject to attending 5 meetings per municipal year, or 50% of meetings in a municipal year).

Main opposition group leader

£4,009.01

Other opposition group leader

£2,290.86

Independent representatives on the Standards Committee

£572.72

Independent representatives on the Statutory Officer Discipline and Dismissal Panel

£572.72

Panel members of Independent Remuneration Panel

£572.72

 

Explanatory notes about how the Special Responsibility Allowances are calculated

Chair of the Council - 80% of the basic allowance

Vice-Chair of the Council - 40% of the basic allowance

Leader of the Council - 245% of the basic allowance

Deputy Leader of the Council - 130% of the basic allowance

Members of the Executive - 122.31% of the basic allowance

Chair of Overview, Scrutiny and Ordinary committees - 70% of the basic allowance

Chair of Licensing and Environmental Health Committee - 70% of the basic allowance

Licensing Panel members - 4.62% of the basic allowance, to be paid in a municipal year when at least ten meetings of the Committee take place in a purely regulatory capacity; a payment will be made to members attending at least 50% of those meetings. * 

Chair of Planning Committee - 100% of the basic allowance 

Members of the Planning Committee - 20% of the basic allowance

Substitute members of the Planning Committee - 2.31% of the basic allowance, subject to the substitute member attending 50% of Planning Committee meetings, or 5 meetings in the municipal year whichever threshold was reached first. *

Leader of the largest opposition group - 70% of the basic allowance 

Leader of all other opposition groups - 40% of the basic allowance 

Independent members of the Standards Committee - benchmarked to 10% of the basic allowance.

Independent members of the Statutory Officer Discipline and Dismissal Committees - benchmarked to 10% of the basic allowance.

* Paid in addition to other Special Responsibility Allowances.