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Councillors' allowances

The document below shows the allowances paid to our councillors from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

About our payments

The record of Allowances paid to Councillors is in a different format to previous years. In June 2016, the Council agreed to amend the way that it reported the allowances which were paid to elected Members in line with the guidance which had been issued by the Department of the Environment, with effect from the 2015-16 financial year. 

Payments to councillors are split into two categories:

  • allowances and travel - Table 1A shows allowances and travel costs incurred directly by the Council on the Councillors' behalf. Table 1B shows allowances and travel costs reimbursed to Councillors. 
  • support services


The main types of allowances received by councillors are:

  • basic allowance - the amount, determined by law, which all councillors are entitled to
  • special responsibility allowance - the amount paid to councillors who have special responsibilities, for example, the chairmanship of a committee
  • Chairperson/Mayor allowance - the amount paid to councillors who have been elected as Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor.

These payments are gross amounts, prior to the deduction of income tax and national insurance contributions.


These include expenses for travelling to and from meetings - public transport costs or mileage allowances and subsistence for overnight stays.

All payments comply with current legislation, as well as council policies and procedures.

Previous expenses

You'll find information about previous payments and reimbursements received by our councillors.

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