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Members Allowances & Expenses

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1. Members Allowances

Current Scheme for 2021 – 2022

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.

Following the meeting of the Executive held on 1 December 2020 and Council on 15 December 2020, the Members Allowances Scheme for 2021/22 was approved and will be effective from 1 April 2021. Please see the report and Minutes below:


Member's Allowances Scheme for 2021 - 22 (with effect 1 April 21)

Allowances payable to Members of the City Council for 2021 - 2022 were approved at Executive on 1 December 2020 and Council on 15 December 2020.



Basic allowances

Basic Allowance payable to all members per annum is £6,268.

Special responsibility allowances

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

Special responsibility allowances
Responsibility *Amount 
Leader £20,371
Leader of an Opposition Group See ** below
Executive Members with Portfolio £10,969
Chairs of Scrutiny Committees  £6,268
Deputy Chair of Scrutiny Committees £3,134
Chair of Planning Committee £6,268
Deputy Chair of Planning Committee £3,134
Chair of Licensing Committee  £4,701
Chair of Audit and Governance Committee  £3,134
Member Champions £1,567
Chair of Council Housing and Development Advisory Board  £3,134
Chair of Harbour Review Authority Board £1,567

* 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
Lord Mayor £6,268
Deputy Lord Mayor £1,564