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Members Allowances & Expenses

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1. Members Allowances

Members are entitled to receive certain allowances and expenses in recognition of their various duties in accordance with the approved Councillors Allowances and Expenses Scheme.

Scheme for 2018/19  - 20/21

Following the Executive held on 12 December 2017 and Council on 19 December 2017, the allowances to be payable to Members with effect 1 April 2018 were approved.

Please see the Minutes of Annual Council held on 19 December 2017, and the Executive report and minutes held on 12 December 2017:


Current Scheme for 2020/21 (with effect 1 April 20)

Allowances payable to Members of the City Council for 2018/19 - 2021 were approved at Executive on 12 December 2017 and Council on 19 December 2017.



Basic allowances

Basic Allowance payable to all members per annum is £6,100.

Special responsibility allowances

In addition to the basic allowance the following special responsibility allowances are payable:

Special Responsibility Allowance * Amount 
Leader £19,825
Leader of an Opposition Group See ** below
Executive Members with Portfolio £10,675
Executive Members without Portfolio £3,050
Chairs of Scrutiny Committees  £6,100
Deputy Chair of Scrutiny Committees £3,050
Chair of Planning Committee £6,100
Deputy Chair of Planning Committee £3,050
Chair of Licensing Committee  £4,575
Chair of Audit and Governance Committee  £3,050
Member Champions £1,525

Following a review of the City Council’s governance arrangements at the Executive on 8 October 2019 (Minute100) and confirmed at Council held on 15 October 2019, (Minute 64) changes were made in respect of the number of allowances payable, with a Special Responsibility Allowance equivalent to 50% of the basic allowance to the Deputy Chairs of the two Scrutiny Committees and of the Planning Committee, as well as to the Exeter convention, in respect of the allocation of seats on the Executive. Executive has nine Members with Portfolio and one Member without Portfolio.

* Any Member qualifying for more than one special responsibility allowance is paid the higher allowance only.

** The leader of an opposition group will receive an allowance based on the size of the political group:

  • A Group of two to receive an allowance equivalent to 20% of the basic allowance

  • A Group of between three and five to receive an allowance equivalent to 50% of the basic allowance

  • A Group of six or more, to receive an allowance equivalent to 60% of the basic allowance


Mayoralty allowances

Expenses Allowance  Amount
Lord Mayor £6,100
Deputy Lord Mayor £1,525