Members' Allowance Scheme

Effective from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018*
*
Includes 1% pay award backdated to 1/4/2017

Stevenage Borough Council has made the following Members’ Allowances scheme under the Local Government Act 2000 and the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003.

  1. This scheme may be cited as the Stevenage Borough Council Members’ Allowances Scheme, and shall have effect for the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
  2. In this scheme,
    “Councillor” means a Member of the Stevenage Borough Council who is a Councillor; “year” means the period ending on 31 March 2018
  3. Basic Allowance
    A basic allowance shall be paid to each Councillor from 1 April 2017
  4. Special Responsibility Allowances
    1) For each year a special responsibility allowance shall be paid to those Councillors who hold the special responsibilities in relation to the authority that are specified in the schedule to this scheme.
    2) Subject to paragraph 6, (part year entitlements) the amount of each such allowance shall be the amount specified against that special responsibility in that schedule.
    3) Members are only able to claim one SRA.
  5. Renunciation
    A Councillor may by notice in writing to the Chief Executive elect to forego any part of their entitlement to an allowance under this scheme.
  6. Part-year Entitlements
    Payment of Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances will be pro-rata where Councillors do not serve for a full year on the Council.
  7. Payments
    Payments shall be made on a regular monthly basis.  Claims for dependent carer’s allowances and travel and subsistence allowance shall be made within two months of being incurred.
  8. Suspension of Payments
    The Council will withhold all allowances to any Councillor who is suspended for misconduct and will require Councillors to repay any allowance already paid during a period of suspension.

Basic Allowances

  • Basic Allowance Paid to All Members - £7,501  

Special Responsibility Allowances

(i) Leader of the Council - £21,058
(ii) Executive Members - £10,314
(iii) Chair of Planning and Development Committee - £10,314
(iv) Chair of Overview & Scrutiny Committee - £9,261
(iv) Chair of Licensing Committee - £7,371
(v) Chairs of Select Committees - £5,265
(vi) Chair of Audit Committee - £4,212
(vii) Leader of the Opposition - £4,212

Payment to Specific Co-opted Members

  • Independent Member - Audit Committee - £1,274
  • Independent person who must be consulted on alleged breaches of a code of conduct - £1,274

Carer’s Allowance

The following amounts may be claimed for Councillors attending approved duties.

  • Childcare  Maximum of £7 per hour
  • Dependant care Maximum of £11 per hour

Payment to relatives will not be admissible and there will be a maximum allowance of 20 hours per month.  Receipts will need to be provided.

Travel, Subsistence and Other Allowances

The allowances for travel and subsistence will be the same as those fixed for employees of the Council from time to time. Claims to be submitted within 2 months of the date to which they relate.

Variations

The Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances details above are index linked to any pay awards applicable to NJC staff.

Payments made to Members

In accordance with the Local Authority's (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulation 15, details of the total sum paid to each recipient made under the Stevenage Borough Council Scheme for Members' Allowances in respect of the Basic Allowance, Special Allowance; and Co-optees' Allowance is available for download below, or from the Council's Main Reception at Daneshill House.

Further Information

Related pages

Councillors - General Information

Contact details

Constitutional Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

01438 242216
committees@stevenage.gov.uk