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Councillors' Allowances and Expenses

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How are the allowance levels decided?

In response to government legislation and in common with all local authorities, Mid Sussex has established an Independent Remuneration Panel that looks at the responsibilities of Councillors and recommends the level of allowances it believes Councillors should receive.

 

 Allowance  Payable to  Amount
 Basic allowance  All 54 Councillors of Mid Sussex District Council  £4,501
 Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA)  Councillors who take on  additional responsibilities  Variable (see below)

 

Note: Councillors may hold more than one role that qualifies, but are only eligible to receive one special responsibility allowance, with the exception of Group Leader allowances.

How much has each Councillor received?

Allowances and expenses received by each Mid Sussex District Councillor are published in the Winter edition of our quarterly magazine Mid Sussex Matters each year:

 

 2012/13
 2011/12
 2010/11
 2009/10
 2008/09

 

Who gets a Special Responsibility Allowance?  

A Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) is paid to the following Councillors to reflect their special responsibilities over and above their role as ward councillor: 

Role

Allowance

Leader of the Council

£20,596

Cabinet Member

£8,238

Chairman of the Council

£6,572

Vice-Chairman of the Council

£2,251

Scrutiny Committee Chairman

£3,862

Planning Committee Chairman 

£4,501     

District Planning Committee Chairman

none

Standards Committee Chairman

£475

Audit Committee Chairman

£1,930

Licensing Committee Chairman

£977

Political Group Leaders

75% of 1/54 of the Leader of the Council's Allowance per Group Member

Independent members of the Standards Committee (non-Councillors)

£713 

How are the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel considered?

The Independent Remuneration Panel's recommendations are brought before a meeting of the full Council. Previous Council meetings at which the independent panel's report was considered are set out below: 

 

 Report for 2014/15  Minutes of Council 6th November 2013 (item No. 51)
 Report for 2013/14  Minutes of Council 19th December 2012 (item No. 83) 
 Report for 2012/13  Minutes of Council 14th December 2011 (item No.78)
 Report for 2011/12  Minutes of Council 15th December 2010 (item No. 81)
 Report for 2010/11  Minutes of Council 18th November 2009 (item No. 69)
 Report for 2009/10  Minutes of Council 10th December 2008 (item No. 94)

 

 Further information about the Council's allowances scheme is set out in Section 6 of the Constitution.

 How are Town and Parish Councillors' Allowances decided?

Every two years since 2011/12, the Panel is also required to recommend the level of Basic and Travel & Subsistence allowances to be paid to Town and Parish Councillors. The recommendations of the Panel are distributed to all Parish and Town Councils within Mid Sussex for their consideration. You should contact your local Town or Parish Council for details of their adopted allowances scheme.

 

 Recommendations for Town and Parish Councillors' Allowances - 2013/14
 Recommendations for Town and Parish Councillors' Allowances - 2011/12

 

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