We publish a list of the allowances and expenses claimed by
our county councillors each
Allowances are set by the Member Remuneration Panel, made up of
three people independent of the council.
All councillors (or elected members as they are also known)
receive a basic allowance(£12,805 for 2012/13) to perform their
duties. These include:
- preparing for and attending all formal and informal meetings
that they are invited to
- meetings with constituents
- dealing with enquiries from their constituents
The basic allowance also covers the use of an elected
member's home for conducting Kent County
Council business, particularly in their division, the costs of
phone calls and general stationery.
Some elected members receive an additional allowance for any
special responsibility that they might have as a member of the
council, such as being a Cabinet member
or a committee chairman.
Elected members are allowed to claim travelling expenses for
their official duties at the rates set by Majesty's Revenue and
Customs (HMRC) for business travel. Currently these rates are 45p
for the first 10,000miles and 25p per mile thereafter.
Taxi fares are only reimbursed on production of a receipt if it
is not practical to use public transport or their own car.
Elected members are also allowed to claim expenses for caring
responsibilities, either for a child under 16 or a dependent
Expenses for lunch, stationery, phone calls and other routine
subsistence expenses are not normally reimbursed because this is
covered by the basic allowance.
Just like any other salary all allowances are subject to tax and
national insurance and elected members have no other provision to
claim from the council, other than mileage.
No other allowances or expenses are payable.