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 2019/20

Role

Allowance

Basic Allowance

£5,152

Leader of the Council

£15,455

Deputy Leader

£10,817

Cabinet Member

£9,870

Chairmen of Overview and Scrutiny Committees

£4,589

Chairman of Development Management Committee

£5,152

Chairman of Hackney Carriage Committee

£3,962

Chairman of Cabinet Panel

£3,962

Chairman of Audit Committee

£3,877

Chairman of Licensing and Regulated Entertainment Committee  

£3,962

Leaders of First Opposition Groups

£6,016

Leader of Second Opposition Groups

£5,791

Chairman of Standards Committee

£2,080

Mayor

£6,402

Deputy Mayor

£1,601

 

Details of payments made

 

Details of payment rules

 

Reports of the Independent Remuneration Panel

The Independent Remuneration Panel oversees councillors' remuneration.