COUNCILLORS are entitled to a range of special responsibility allowances, on top of their basic £7,226 ‘wage’.
Here’s how they add up:
* Leader of the council – £27,820
* Deputy leader of the council – £17,703
* Cabinet members (seven) – £11,535 each
* Leader of the main opposition group – £2,409
* Police and crime panel members (two) – £4,817.
* Chairmen of the three scrutiny committees – £9,365 each
* Chairman of the pensions committee – £9,365
* Chairman of the planning committee – £7,226
* Chairman of the appeals panel – £7,226
* Chairman of the licensing committee – £7,226
* Chairmen of the five community area forums – £5,817 each
* Chairman of the human resources committee – £4,817
* Chairman of the audit committee – £4,817
* Chairman of the contracts performance panel – £4,817
* Chairman of the housing performance panel – £4,817
* Chairman of the safeguarding and education panel – £4,817
* Chairman of the standards committee – £4,817
Elected members on council business can also claim £100.89 for an overnight subsistence payment for a stay outside of London and £115.07 for overnight stays in London.
Additionally, they can claim £6.21 for breakfast, £8.56 for lunch and £10.58 for an evening meal.
Any elected member can elect to forego all or part of any allowance entitlement in writing to the council’s head of legal services.