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.)
Leader of the Council
Chairmen of Overview and Scrutiny Committees
Chairman of Development Management Committee
Chairman of Hackney Carriage Committee
Chairman of Cabinet Panel
Chairman of Audit Committee
Chairman of Licensing and Regulated Entertainment Committee
Leaders of First Opposition Groups
Leader of Second Opposition Groups
Chairman of Standards Committee
Details of payments made
Details of payment rules
Reports of the Independent Remuneration Panel
The Independent Remuneration Panel oversees councillors' remuneration.