£900,000 - new total cost of councillors' allowances

Date published: 19 December 2016

The massive increase in councillors' allowances - voted for by councillors at last week's full council meeting - means the total cost of the allowances paid to councillors will rise to just under £900,000, an additional £172,600 per year.

The basic allowance (BA) for each of the 60 councillors will be £10,451 (a 34% increase). 

However, the basic allowance increase has a cascading effect on many other 'extra' allowances, known as a special responsibility allowances (SRA) - these are paid on top of the basic allowance.

Half of all councillors receive a special responsibility allowance.

The SRA of council leader Richard Farnell is calculated as three times the basic allowance. The others are calculated as a percentage of the leader's SRA.

The massive rise in the basic allowance gave the leader an additional rise in SRA, which in turn gave the other councillors in receipt of a special responsiblility allowance an additional rise*.

For example, the Leader of the Opposition Conservative Party, Ashley Dearnley, will now receive a basic allowance of £10,451 plus an SRA of £10,974, a total of £21,425 (previously BA of £7,812 + SRA of £9,372 = £17,184).


Per Councillor
BASIC ALLOWANCE 60 £10,451      
Leader & Regeneration 1 £31,353 3 X BA £41,804  
Deputy Leaders 2 £15,677 50% of Leader £26,128  
Other Cabinet Members 6 £14,109 45% of Leader £24,560  
Assistants to Portfolio 9 £2,822 20% of Cabinet £13,273  
Chairpersons O&S Committees 3 £7,838 25% of Leader £18,289  
Chairperson Audit & Governance Committee  1  £6,271  20% of Leader  £16,722  
Chairperson Planning & Licensing Committee  1  £10,451  1/3 of Leader  £20,902  
Chairperson Employment & Equalities Committee  1  £6,271  20% of Leader  £16,722  
Chairpersons Townships  4  £7,838  25% of Leader  £18,289  
Leader Main Opposition Group   1  £10,974  35% of Leader  £21,425  
Lead Member – Armed Forces  1  £2,822  20% of Cabinet  £13,273  
Sub Total - Basic Allowances  60        £627,060
Sub Total - SRAs  30        £269,910
Leader's GMCA SRA  1  £5,500      £5,500
Total          £896,970


*A small number of minor SRAs are to be discontinued and the Lead Member for the Armed Forces SRA is significantly reduced.

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