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Members' Scheme of Allowances and Entitlements

This information is from the Council's Constitution and details the Members' Scheme of Allowances and Entitlements. Find out more about:


Basic allowance

1.1 Every Councillor, irrespective of any particular office he or she may hold on the Council, is entitled to the same level of basic allowance. The basic allowance will be paid to Councillors as a monthly salary. It is intended to recognise the time commitment of all Councillors, including such inevitable calls on their time as meetings with officers and constituents and attendance at political group meetings.

1.2 The basic allowance also covers incidental costs incurred by Councillors such as the use of their homes, general administration, out of pocket expenses, internet and telephone expenses and travel within the city of York.

1.3 The basic allowance will be uplifted on an annual basis in line with any general salary increases payable to Council staff.

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Special Responsibility Allowance

2.1 In addition to the basic allowance it was agreed at Council that Councillors may receive a special responsibility allowance for any of the following additional responsibilities:

(a) Leader of the Council

(b) Deputy Leader of the Council

(c) Group Leader (Main Opposition)

(d) Deputy Group Leader (Group with more than 10 Members)

(e) Group Leader (Minority Party)

(f) Executive Member

(g) Chair of Scrutiny Management Policy and Scrutiny Committee

(h) Chair of Scrutiny Committee

(i) Chair of Main Planning Committee

(j) Chair of Area Planning Sub-Committee

(k) Chair of Licensing and Regulatory Committee

(l) Chair of Audit and Governance Committee

(m) Lord Mayor as Chair of Council

2.2 Should Councillors be eligible for a special responsibility allowance this will be added to the basic allowance and shown in total on their monthly payslip. However, only one SRA is payable per member and where a member attracts more than one SRA, only the higher SRA will be paid.

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Dependent Carers Allowance

3.3.1 Council has agreed to pay a dependent carers allowance to those councillors/co-optees who are eligible with regard to expenditure incurred for the care of children or dependent relatives to enable a Member to carry out council functions.

3.3.2 The reimbursement of costs incurred will normally be at a rate of the living wage.

3.3.3 This rate of allowance may be exceeded in circumstances where professional care is required for children or dependent relatives with medical or other special needs.

3.3.4 In no circumstances will the allowance exceed the amount actually paid.

3.3.5 Claims for dependent carers allowance should be submitted to Democratic Services by the date notified and must be supported by receipts.

3.3.6 All dependent carer allowance claims should be made within two months of the meeting attended.

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Travel and subsistence

3.4.1 Travel allowances are payable to Members for travel outside of the city of York in respect of approved duties

The following are to be regarded as approved duties:

  • a meeting of a joint committee of which the Authority is a member
  • a meeting of any body to which the Council makes appointments
  • a meeting of the Local Government Association, any sub group of the Association or any body to which the Association makes appointments
  • duties undertaken on behalf of the Authority in connection with the discharge of any function of the authority conferred by or under any enactment and empowering or requiring the Authority to inspect or authorise the inspection of premises
  • duties undertaken on behalf of the Authority in connection with arrangements made by the Authority for the attendance of pupils at a school approved for the purposes of section 342 of the Education Act 1996
  • a meeting which has both been authorised by the Authority, a committee, or subcommittee of the Authority or a joint committee of the Authority and one or more other authorities, or a sub-committee of a joint committee and to which representatives of more than one political group have been invited (if the Authority is divided into several political groups) or to which two or more councillors have been invited (if the authority is not divided)
  • visits by Executive Members, Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Committees and Group Leaders on business associated with those roles
  • attendance of Members at conferences, training courses and seminars approved in accordance with the council’s arrangements for Member development
  • other travel approved by the appropriate officer as being reasonably necessary to further the aims of the council (excluding travel for party political or social functions)

Claims should be submitted via ITrent by the date notified. Receipts showing expenditure incurred should be retained for audit purposes. 

3.4.2 No travel allowance is payable for travel within the area of the city unless the Member has medical or other special needs requiring the use of taxis on approved duties.

3.4.2 When travelling by public transport preference must always be given to the cheaper fare whenever possible.

3.4.3 When using a Councillor’s/co-optee’s own vehicle the amount claimed for travel must not exceed the value of a 2nd class rail ticket for the same journey.

3.4.4 All travel and subsistence claims should be made within two months of the meeting attended.

3.4.5 Tea and evening meal allowances cannot be claimed in the same evening. Tea or evening meal allowances will only be paid if absence is continuous.

3.4.6 Meals provided free of charge

The claim shall be reduced by an appropriate amount in respect of any meals provided free of charge by an authority or body in respect of the meal or the period to which the allowance relates. e.g. Should a councillor/co-optee attend a seminar/meeting and lunch is provided free of charge, a subsistence claim for lunch would not be acceptable.

3.4.7 Travel by Taxi

Councillors/co-optees may claim taxi fares provided that the journey is necessary to undertake an approved duty of the Council outside of the area of the city and where no public transport is reasonably available.

Expenses incurred on taxi travel within the area of the city will only be payable where a Member has a medical or other special need requiring the use of taxis in order to carry out approved duties.

3.4.8 Parking Passes and Cycle Allowances

Councillors are entitled to choose one of the following:

(a) Option 1 - Councillors Parking Pass

Allows councillors to park in most Council car parks with the exception of ‘The Shambles’ within the permitted time limits of that car park.

(b) Option 2 - Cycle Allowance

A monthly allowance payable to Councillors via their payslip. Councillors in receipt of this allowance are expected to use their bicycle as their usual mode of transport.

If you wish to make any requests for full details of current amounts payable in relation to councillor allowances and entitlements together with any queries regarding the scheme contact the Democratic Services Team

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Democratic Services

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551088