Councillor allowances

How the allowance levels are 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.

Which roles are entitled to allowances

Each Councillor receives a Basic Allowance of £5,000.

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

Basic Allowance

5,000

Leader’s Allowance

20,596

Deputy Leader’s Allowance

11,000

Cabinet Member

8,500

Chairman of the Council

6,572

Vice-Chairman of Council

2,251

Planning Committee Chairman

5,000

Planning Committee Vice-Chairman

1,250

Licensing Committee Chairman

1,000

Standards Committee Chairman

1,000

Group Leader

250 per group member

Scrutiny Committee Chairman

4,000

Scrutiny Committee Vice-Chairman

1,000

Audit Committee Chairman

2,000

Independent Persons for Standards Matters

750

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

Councillor expenses

Expense claims

Members can download expense claim forms here:

Please note - all claims must reach Member Services by noon on the deadline. Anything received after the specified date will be processed the following month

Receipts

Please remember that in respect of claims for travelling, conference attendance, subsistence, and carers' allowance, all claims must be accompanied by the relevant receipt or ticket.

Time limit

Claims should be submitted monthly or at the end of each cycle of meetings but in any event no later than two months after the entitlement to claim arises. (Financial Procedure Rules, Paragraph D.8)

Approved duty

If you wish to clarify whether or not a duty is an approved duty for the purpose of making an expense claim, please contact Franca Currall, 01444 477484 or franca.currall@midsussex.gov.uk or Chris Coppens, 01444 477213 or chris.coppens@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 16 July 2019