What are councillors paid?

Councillors don't receive a salary or wage, but they are entitled to allowances and expenses to cover some of the costs of carrying out their public duties.

The Independent Remuneration Panel recommends a scheme of allowances for councillors which includes:

  • A basic allowance paid to all councillors and
  • Special responsibility allowances (for the leader of the Council, Deputy leader, lead councillors and committee chairs)
  • Claims for travel, subsistence and dependent carer costs.

See our Councillors webpage for information about the role of councillors and their allowances.

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