Somerset County Council
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Member Allowances

 

Somerset County Council operates a Members' Allowances Scheme. 

Under the Scheme:

  • Each County Councillor (also referred to by the term 'Member') receives a Basic Allowance for undertaking their Council duties.

  • Certain members are paid Special Responsibility Allowances to undertake specific additional duties

  • Members can claim r travel costs, subsistence costs, and dependent carers' cost whilst undertaking approved duties, subject to certain conditions

  • Independent co-opted members of the Committees can claim travel and subsistence costs and co-opted members of the Standards Committee receive a co-opted members' allowance.

Scheme of Members' Allowances for 2017/18

Statutory Notice of Members' Allowances for 2017/18

Allowances and Expenses

To view the amount paid to councillors and co-opted members in allowances and expenses, please choose the relevant year below

Scheme of Members' Allowances for 2016/17

Statutory Notice of Member's Allowances for 2016/17

Scheme of Members' Allowances for 2015/16

Scheme of Members' Allowances for 2014/15

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2016/17

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2015/16

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2014/15

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2013/14

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2012/13 

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2011/12 

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2010/11 

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2009/10 

Allowances and expenses paid to members in the financial year 2008/09

Joint Independent Remuneration Panel
The arrangements for determining allowances for elected members are set down in statutory regulations - the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 (SI 1021) and subsequent amendments to the regulations (SI 2003/1022 and SI 2003/1692). Each local authority is required to maintain an Independent Panel to make recommendations to the Council on Members' Allowances and allowances payable to independent and co-opted members. The County Council, West Somerset Council, Mendip District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council have established a Joint Independent Remuneration Panel to advise the Councils' on their respective Schemes.


Outside bodies
Members of the Council are appointed annually by Full Council or the Leader of the Council to sit on internal positions  and Council Committees. As least quadrennially the Council or the Leader of the Council appoint members  to internal, joint  and outside bodies. In some cases, these positions attract Special Responsibility Allowances or receive remuneration from the body they are appointed to. All activities undertaken by the member in the course of these appointments are classed as approved duties for the purposes of the Scheme.

You can view the full list of internal positions, internal groups, Council Committees, joint bodies and outside bodies

For further information please contact:
Julian Gale - Monitoring Officer
JJGale@somerset.gov.uk or 01823 359047

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