Members' allowances and expenses

What councillors receive

The elected members of the Borough Council receive allowances in recognition of the time, work and costs involved in representing the people of Eastleigh. The Council's scheme of allowances is based on the rules set out in national legislation. The levels of allowances paid are periodically agreed by an external independent panel who report to the Council on what is appropriate, based on the panel's analysis of the changing demands and pressures of members' workloads.

 

Allowances

All Members are paid a basic allowance each year. This relates to the work they all do as local councillors, representing their constituents.Those members with additional duties and responsibilities also receive a Special Responsibility Allowance for the extra work in relation to that further responsibility. These allowances are set out below:

Responsibility Allowances from 1 April 2016 

£

Leader of the Council 19,959
Deputy Leader of the Council 9,230

 

Cabinet Member

7,910

Area Committee Chair

3,297

Area Committee Vice Chair

823

Scrutiny Panel Chair

2,636

Scrutiny Panel Vice Chair

660

Minority Group Leader

5,274

Audit & Resources Chair

2,636

Audit & Resources Vice Chair

660

Admin Committee Chair

1,650

Travel and Subsistence
Members can claim expenses for travelling and subsistence while on Council business. The current mileage rate is 45p per mile. For journeys outside the Borough, Members can claim a second-class train fare or the mileage. The subsistence rates are:

 

£

For more than 4 hours but less than 8 hours

9.50

For more than 8 hours but less than 12 hours

13.26

For more than 12 hours

25.02

Childcare and dependent carer’s allowance

Members can claim a childcare and dependent carer allowance only where actual expenditure is incurred. Payments are based on the actual cost of care and should not exceed £10 per hour other than in exceptional circumstances. This is payable for attending full Council, Cabinet, Area Committees, Scrutiny and representing the Council on outside bodies.

IT Equipment

Upon election, Members receive a mobile tablet  and will be provided with related sundries on request.  When the Member ceases to be a Councillor (e.g. does not stand for re-election or is not re-elected), the equipment must be returned to the Council in a good working order within 14 days of them ceasing to be a Councillor.