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Members Allowances & Expenses

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1. Members Allowances

Current Scheme for 2022 – 2023

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.

The report from the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel on the Members Allowances for 2022/23 was presented to the Executive on the 30 November and approved at Council on the 14 December 2021.

The change in the Members Allowances will take effect from 1 April 2022.

Related documents

Report - Members Allowances 2022-23

Appendix A - Members Allowances 2022-23


Member's Allowances Scheme for 2022 - 23 (with effect 1 April 22)



Basic allowances

Basic Allowance payable to all members per annum is £6,425.

Special responsibility allowances

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

Special responsibility allowances
Responsibility *Amount 
Leader £20,880
Leader of an Opposition Group See ** below
Executive Members with Portfolio (up to 9) £11,243
Executive Members without Portfolio if appointed £1,606
Chairs of Scrutiny Committees (x2) £6,425
Deputy Chair of Scrutiny Committees (x2) £3,212
Chair of Planning Committee £6,425
Deputy Chair of Planning Committee £3,212
Chair of Licensing Committee  £4,818
Chair of Audit and Governance Committee  £3,212
Member Champions (x1) £1,606
Chair of Council Housing and Development Advisory Board (HRA funded)  £3,212
Chair of Harbour Board £1,606

* 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 £6,425
Deputy Lord Mayor £1,606