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Members Allowances & Expenses

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1. Members Allowances




Current Scheme for 2023 – 2024

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 2023/24 was presented to the Executive on the 29 November and approved at Council on the 13 December 2022.

The change in the Members Allowances took effect from 1 April 2023.

Related documents

Report - Members Allowances 2023-24

Appendix A - Members Allowances 2023-24


Member's Allowances Scheme for 2023 - 24 (with effect 1 April 23)



Basic allowances

Basic Allowance payable to all members per annum is £6,537.

Special responsibility allowances

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

Special responsibility allowances
Responsibility * Amount 
Leader £21,245
Leader of an Opposition Group See ** below
Executive Members with Portfolio (up to 9) £11,439
Executive Members without Portfolio if appointed £1,634
Chairs of Scrutiny Committees (x2) £6,537
Deputy Chair of Scrutiny Committees (x2) £3,268
Chair of Planning Committee £6,537
Deputy Chair of Planning Committee £3,268
Chair of Licensing Committee  £4,902
Chair of Audit and Governance Committee  £3,268
Member Champions (x1) £1,634
Chair of Council Housing and Development Advisory Board (HRA funded)  £3,268
Chair of Harbour Board £1,634

* 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
Role Amount
Lord Mayor £6,537
Deputy Lord Mayor £1,634