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Members' Allowances

Councillors do not receive a salary, but are paid an allowance and expenses to cover their costs.

The Local Government Act 2000 required all Local Authorities in England to set up an Independent Remuneration Panel to review their Members Allowance Scheme. The panel in Welwyn Hatfield usually reviews the scheme annually. The Panel is made up of local business and professional representatives.

Local Authorities must ensure the panels are convened before any changes to their allowance scheme. The recommendations of the panel then go to the next Council meeting. When making a decision the Council must pay regard to the panel's recommendations, although it is not obliged to accept or implement them.

Each councillor receives a basic allowance and some councillors also receive a special responsibility allowance for additional roles that they undertake. (Please note that an individual councillor may receive only one special responsibility allowance, regardless of the number of roles that councillor performs.)

Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances for Members 2016/17

Role

Allowance

Basic Allowance

£5,001

Leader of the Council

£15,002

Deputy Leader

£10,500

Cabinet Member

£9,580

Lead Member

£3,846

Chairmen of Overview and Scrutiny Committees

£4,454

Chairman of Development Management Committee

£5,001

Chairman of Hackney Carriage Committee

£3,846

Chairman of Cabinet Panel

£3,846

Chairman of Audit Committee

£3,763

Chairman of Licensing and Regulated Entertainment Committee  

£3,846

Chairman of Appeals Committee

£1,202

Leaders of First Opposition Groups

£5,626

Leader of Second Opposition Groups

£1,875

Chairman of Standards Committee

£2,020

Mayor

£6,215

Deputy Mayor

£1,554

Details of payments made:

Details of payment rules:

The Independent Remuneration Panel oversees councillors' remuneration.

Reports of the Independent Remuneration Panel:

 

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