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 2020/21

Role

Allowance

Basic Allowance

£5,294

Leader of the Council

£15,880

Deputy Leader

£11,114

Cabinet Member

£10,141

Chairmen of Overview and Scrutiny Committees

£4,715

Chairman of Development Management Committee

£5,294

Chairman of Hackney Carriage Committee

£4,071

Chairman of Cabinet Panel

£4,071

Chairman of Audit Committee

£4,071

Chairman of Licensing and Regulated Entertainment Committee  

£4,071

Leaders of First Opposition Groups

£6,101

Leader of Second Opposition Groups

£5,876

Chairman of Standards Committee

£2,137

Mayor

£6,578

Deputy Mayor

£1,645

 

Details of payments made

 

Details of payment rules

 

Reports of the Independent Remuneration Panel

The Independent Remuneration Panel oversees councillors' remuneration.