Each councillor receives a Basic Allowance. The Basic Allowance is the same for every councillor and its purpose is to recognise the time commitment of councillors and to cover incidental expenses.
Some councillors who take on extra duties, such as cabinet members or committee chairmen, receive a Special Responsibility Allowance as well as the Basic Allowance.
The rates of allowance are set by the council based on recommendations from an independent panel that has no connection with the council.
The Independent Remuneration Panel report (March 2020) and the Allowances Scheme for 2020-22 were approved by the Council on 7 July 2020.
The Mayoral allowance
The net Mayoral Allowance for the Civic Year 2021/22 is £15,447 and £1,005 for the Deputy Mayor.
To arrive at the above allowances the SMBC Payroll Team process a gross figure that is subject to PAYE and National Insurance deductions to bring the net allowance payable to the figures detailed above.
Expenditure of the allowance is at the discretion of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.