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Councillors' allowances

Additional responsibility payments

In addition to the basic allowance, some Councillors will receive a special responsibility allowance.  This allowance rate is linked to the basic allowance and is received by those Councillors who chair or vice chair a committee, as detailed in the following table.

 

 % of Basic Allowance

 

 Special Responsibility

 2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

 Leader of the Council

250.0% 

250.0% 

250.0%

 Deputy Leader of the Council

100.0% 

100.0% 

100.0%

 Leader of the Opposition

100.0% 

100.0% 

100.0%

 Chairman of the Council

100.0% 

100.0% 

100.0%

 Vice Chairman of the Council

10.0% 

10.0% 

10.0%

 Chairman of a main committee

100.0% 

100.0% 

100.0%

 Vice Chairman of a main committee

25.0% 

25.0% 

25.0%

 Chairman of an area committee

75.0% 

75.0% 

37.5%

 Vice Chairman of an area committee

-

 Chairman of Audit Committee

75.0% 

75.0% 

75.0%

 Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny

75.0% 

75.0% 

75.0%

 Vice Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny

-

There are 3 Area Committees, these are:

  • Central Area Planning Committee
  • North Western Area Planning Committee
  • South Eastern Area Planning Committee

The following are categorised as a main Committee:

  • Community Services Committee
  • Finance and Corporate Services Committee
  • Planning and Licensing Committee

Please note: the basic and special responsibility allowances are taxable as employment income.  The allowances are also treated as earnings for the purpose of National Insurance and are subject to deduction of National Insurance Contributions where appropriate.