To ensure that councillors are not financially penalised for carrying out their County Council duties, councillors receive from the Council an allowance or allowances.
The allowances paid to Councillors are contained within the County Council's Members' Allowances Scheme.
County Councillors (or elected members as they are also known) are not paid a salary nor do they draw a wage. Councillors are awarded an allowance that is intended to recognise the time commitment including such things as meetings with constituents and Council officers, and attendance at meetings, both those arranged by the County Council and those of other organisations that the elected member may be appointed to as a representative of the County Council.
All Councillors receive a basic allowance of £12,003 per year to carry out their duties serving Hampshire's 1.28 million residents. 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
Some elected members receive an additional allowance for any special responsibility that they might have as a member of the County Council, such as being a Cabinet member or a committee Chairman.
Just like payment of a salary, all allowances are subject to the appropriate rates of Income Tax and National Insurance.
Individual councillor data is also available to view.
The County Council keeps a register of the Disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests declared by each Councillor in accordance with sections 29-31 of the Localism Act 2011 and The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012. Each declaration is completed by the individual Councillor and submitted to the County Council's Monitoring Officer.
This register also contains details of those gifts or hospitality received by Councillors which have an estimated value of at least £50. This register is kept in accordance with the requirements of the County Council's Code of Conduct.
This information can be accessed via the individual Member’s web page.
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Geographic area: All Hampshire
Author: Democratic and Member Services
Publish date: 23/10/2015