West Berkshire Council

Councillors' Allowances and Expenses

Some individuals can claim expenses if appointed to specific committees

The Council Constitution includes a pdf icon Members' Allowance Scheme [104kb] that sets out the allowances paid to Councillors and co-opted members.

This is in recognition of the time that they spend on Council-related activities, such as meetings.

The scheme includes a basic allowance which is paid to all Councillors, special responsibility allowances, and also sets out how much can be claimed for travel, subsistence and dependent carer costs.

For full details of the allowances paid to our Councillors for the 2016/17 financial year, please see pdf icon Councillors' Allowances - 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 [92kb] and pdf icon Councillors' Special Responsibility Allowances 2016-17 [14kb].  Previous years' allowances can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

Councillors should also register any gifts or items of hospitality worth over £25 that they receive in connection with their official duties as a Councillor. You can view the pdf icon Register of Gifts and Hospitality [69kb].

Copies of Councillors' allowances and gifts and hospitality are also available for inspection at our offices by appointment.

Independent Review of Councillors' Allowances

In February 2015 the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) recommended that the Basic Allowance be increased from £6,288 to £7,234. A 1% pay award in April 2017 has now increased the Basic Allowance to £7,397. The Panel was set up so that politicians do not decide on the level of their own remuneration and usually meets every four years. pdf icon View a copy of the IRP Report [249kb].

Who To Contact

For queries and questions about West Berkshire Council's elected members

01635 519083