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.
Member's Allowances Scheme for 2023 - 24 (with effect 1 April 23)
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:
|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
|Deputy Lord Mayor||£1,634|