Members' allowances

Independent Remuneration Panel

The Independent Remuneration Panel has three members and is responsible for advising the Council on the type and level of allowances to be paid to councillors.

It meets up to three or four times during October to December each year. The panel considers:

  • the roles and responsibilities of all councillors, including those with special responsibilities
  • comparative allowances paid by other councils and public bodies and hears evidence and representations to inform its conclusions regarding an appropriate scheme of allowances for this council.

Members of the panel

Members of the panel are not affiliated to the council either by membership of a local political party or by close association to any councillor or employee.

Whilst Panel members are not required to have experience of local government it is important to have some experience of public life, be able to command respect within the council and to inspire confidence amongst residents of the borough.

Becoming a member of the Panel

Members of the Independent Remuneration Panel are appointed for three years.

We currently have a vacancy on the Panel. Please refer to these documents if you are interested:

Reports of the panel

Read the Report of the panel (DPF document) published in December 2016 and its recommendations for the members allowance scheme for 2017-18.

Read the Report of the panel (PDF document) published in December 2015 and its recommendations for the members allowance scheme for 2016-17.

Read the Report of the panel (PDF document) published in December 2014 and its recommendations for the members allowance scheme for 2015-16.

Members' allowance scheme

The members' allowances scheme for the current financial year (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017) can be viewed below, along with the schemes for the previous two years.

You can also view a breakdown of members' allowances claimed in previous years, including basic, special responsibility, travel and IT: