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Councillors - allowances

Guildford Borough councillors are not paid salaries for the time they spend working on Council business and representing the interests of local residents. Instead, they are entitled to allowances by law. 

A basic allowance is paid to all councillors. Special responsibility allowances are paid to those councillors who have significant additional responsibilities, over and above the generally accepted duties of a councillor. Councillors entitled to a special responsibility allowance include the Leader of the Council, Lead Councillors and committee chairmen.

A copy of the current scheme of allowances, which came into effect on 1 April 2016, can be viewed below.

An independent remuneration panel undertakes a periodic review of the scheme of allowances and makes its recommendations to the Council.  The last review by the panel was completed in November 2019 and a copy of its report and recommendations can also be viewed below.

The Council must have regard to the panel's recommendations when it considers the adoption of the next scheme of allowances at its meeting on 3 December 2019.  The Council may choose to accept, reject, or amend the panel's recommendations.

It is our policy to keep records of councillors' allowances for 6 years. Details of allowances paid to councillors in the financial years 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 are below.

icon Independent Remuneration Panel's Report - November 2019 [528.88KB]

icon Councillors allowances scheme from 1 April 2016 [197.85KB]

icon Summary of Councillor Allowance Payments for 2013-14 [54.89KB]

icon Summary of Councillor Allowance Payments for 2014-15 [129.31KB]

icon Summary of Councillor Allowance Payments for 2015-16 [55.41KB]

icon Summary of Councilor Allowance Payments for 2016-17 [101.66KB]

icon Summary of Councillor Allowance Payments for 2017-18 [103.74KB]

icon Summary of Councillor Allowance Payments for 2018-19 [130.68KB]