Councillors get paid an allowance. This is not a salary, like other jobs, but recognises the time commitment and various duties involved with being a councillor.
Councillors with extra responsibilities, such as being Leader of the Council, receive more money. This is known as a Special Responsibility Allowance.
Councillor allowance scheme 2021/22
|2021 / 2022|
|Basic allowance payable to all councillors per year||£4,650|
|Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA)|
|Leader of the Council||£13,950|
|Overview and Scrutiny Chairman||£6,975|
|Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Chairman (pro-rata for review period)||£1,162.50|
|Audit and Standards Committee Chairman||£1,162.50|
|2 x Area Planning Committee Chairs||£2,325|
|Licensing & Appeals Committee Chair||£1,395|
|Chairman of Policy Development Panels (4 year term of office or on completion of work whichever sooner)||£1,162.50|
|Group Leaders (x 3) (reduced by 50% if already receiving another SRA)||£1,162.50|
Payments made to councillors
Independent Remuneration Panel
The Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) is an independent body, that recommends how much allowance councillors should get paid each year. Councillors then vote on whether to accept, amend or reject the recommendations.
It also has a role, if requested, to act as Parish Remuneration Panel in setting certain allowances for town and parish councils.