Councillor allowances

All 59 Councillors will get a basic annual allowance of £4,950 in 2019-20. It will be index-linked (Consumer Price Index) or four years to take inflation into account.

Some Councillors will get an extra special responsibility allowance to reflect their extra duties:

Leader of the Council - £15,592
Portfolio holders - £7,375
Chair of council - £4,578
Vice chair of council - £2,302
Chair of scrutiny - £4,578
Chair of planning - £4,578
Chair of licensing - £2,302
Chair of governance and standards - £2,302
Independent members of governance and standards - £500
Leader of largest opposition party - £3,514
Leaders of minority groups with at least 5 members - £150

If proposed Charter Trustees elect a Mayor and Deputy their allowances will be £2,930 and £1,570 respectively.

Travel allowances

  • car – 45p per mile
  • car share – 45p per mile plus 5p per mile when one or more councillors are passengers
  • motorbike – 24p per mile
  • bicycle – 20p per mile
  • public transport and car parking – reimbursed at actual cost – standard fare for rail

Subsistence allowances

  • breakfast - £6.72
  • lunch - £9.24
  • tea - £3.64
  • evening meal - £11.44
  • overnight absence (bed and breakfast) maximum outside London - £106.40; maximum London - £120

Councillor allowances claimed 2018/19

The Local Authorities Members’ Allowances (England) Regulations 2003 require the Council to publish details of the actual allowances paid to its elected Councillors and co-opted Members of Council Committee each financial year.

There is an explanatory footnote.

Name Basic allowance Special responsibility allowances Travel allowance Other Mayoral Total

Cllr Marcia Hill

£4,344.00   £246.15     £4,590.15
Cllr Andrew Govier £4,344.00     £179.88   £4,523.88
Cllr Terence Hall £4,344.00     £240.00   £4,584.00
Cllr Richard Lees £4,344.00     £203.88   £4,547.88
Cllr Mark Edwards £4,344.00 £4,752.00   £227.88   £9,323.88
Cllr Kelly Durdan £4,344.00 £1,356.96   £185.64   £5,886.60
Cllr Robert Bowrah £4,344.00 £4,752.00 £1,069.64 £183.72   £10,349.36
Cllr David Durdan £4,344.00   £1,508.27 £165.44   £6,017.71
Cllr Ian Morrell £4,344.00 £250.00       £4,594.00
Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey £4,344.00   £258.31 £156.00 £830.53 £5,588.84
Cllr Francesca Smith £4,344.00     £215.88 £1,200.35 £5,760.23
Cllr Norman Cavill £4,344.00 £1,082.60 £155.25     £5,581.85
Cllr Philip Stone £4,344.00     £227.76   £4,571.76
Cllr John Williams £4,344.00 £12,219.00   £240.00   £16,803.00
Cllr Christopher Hill £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Simon Coles £4,344.00 £2,895.16 £942.35 £251.32   £8,432.83
Cllr Jean Adkins £4,344.00     £240.00   £4,584.00
Cllr Habib Farbahi £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Catherine Herbert £4,344.00     £120.00 £8,408.19 £12,872.19
Cllr Jefferson Horsley £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Susan Lees £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams £4,344.00 £4,752.00 £1,888.34 £240.00   £11,224.34
Cllr Edward Watson £4,344.00   £398.73 £179.88   £4,922.61
Cllr Denise Webber £4,344.00     £239.88   £4,583.88
Cllr Daniel Wedderkopp £4,344.00     £119.88   £4,463.88
Cllr Norah Floyd £4,344.00     £240.00   £4,584.00
Cllr Edward Gaines £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Janet Reed £4,344.00     £160.80   £4,504.80
Cllr Gwilym Wren £4,344.00     £240.00   £4,584.00
Cllr James Hunt £4,344.00   £233.45 £240.00   £4,817.45
Cllr Elizabeth Lisgo £4,344.00   £314.10     £4,658.10
Cllr Jane Warmington £4,344.00 £4,752.00 £530.10 £240.00   £9,866.10
Cllr Federica Smith £4,344.00 £1,000.00   £240.00   £5,584.00
Cllr Caroline Tucker £4,344.00     £150.00   £4,494.00
Cllr Nicholas Townsend £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Andrew Sully £4,344.00 £4,469.08 £51.08 £135.00   £8,999.16
Cllr Roger Ryan £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Simon Nicholls £4,344.00     £162.72   £4,506.72
Cllr Stephen Martin-Scott £4,344.00 £650.57 £86.40 £240.00   £5,320.97
Cllr Gary James £4,344.00   £428.04 £222.00   £4,994.04
Cllr James Parrish £4,344.00 £3,730.06       £8,074.06
Cllr Roger Habgood £4,344.00 £4,752.00 £2,007.96 £204.00   £11,307.96
Cllr Alison Gunner £4,344.00   £158.85 £240.00   £4,742.85
Cllr John Gage £4,344.00     £119.88   £4,463.88
Cllr Thomas Davies £3,339.74     £184.50   £3,524.24
Cllr Duncan Cossey £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr William Coombes £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr William Brown £4,344.00     £240.00   £4,584.00
Cllr Julia Blatchford £4,344.00   £47.70 £540.00   £4,931.70
Cllr Patrick Berry £4,344.00 £4,752.00       £9,096.00
Cllr Terence Beale £4,344.00 £4,101.43       £8,445.43
Cllr Thomas Aldridge £4,344.00   £34.85 £216.00   £4,594.85
Cllr Michael Adkins £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Christopher Booth £4,344.00     £120.00   £4,464.00
Cllr Ross Henley £4,344.00   £119.70     £4,463.70
Cllr David Mansell £4,344.00         £4,344.00
Cllr Anne Elder £853.80         £853.80
  £243,113.54 £60,266.86 £10,479.27 £7,751.94 £10,439.07 £332,050.68

Explanatory notes

The Basic Allowance has to be paid to every Councillor and at the same level for each elected Councillor. It recognises that expenses incurred in being a Councillor for Ward work and domestic costs. Special Responsibility Allowances are paid to recognise the additional roles some Councillors perform beyond the role of a local Councillor.

  1. Taunton Deane Borough Council is made up of 56 Councillors
  2. The travel allowances shown above are the amounts reclaimed for car mileage or public transport fares
    When a number of Councillors travel to the same event and share the use of a car, only the driver can claim a mileage allowance
  3. The Subsistence Allowances shown above are the amounts reclaimed for postage, meals and hotel accommodation whilst on official business. They do not include hotel costs paid directly by the Council

Further information on the allowances arrangements may be obtained from Somerset West and Taunton Council, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE. Tel: 01823 219570 or email enquiries to governance@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk

The Local Authorities Members’ Allowances (England) Regulations 2003 require the Council to publish details of the actual allowances paid to its elected Councillors and co-opted Members of Council Committee each financial year.

There is an explanatory footnote.

Name Basic allowance Special responsibility allowances Travel allowance Other Total
Cllr Ian Aldridge £2,733.00       £2,733.00
Cllr Benet Allen £2,733.00   £252.90   £2,985.90
Cllr Adrian Behan £242.44       £242.44
Cllr Mandy Chilcott £2,733.00 £837.41 £134.10   £3,704.51
Cllr Hon Rollo Clifford £2,733.00   £888.00   £3,621.00
Cllr Hugh Davies £2,733.00       £2,733.00
Cllr Martin Dewdney £2,733.00 £6,093.34 £2,590.20 £184.61 £11,601.15
Cllr Stuart Dowding £2,733.00   £594.00 £91.15 £3,418.15
Cllr Susan Goss £2,733.00   £203.85   £2,936.85
Cllr Andrew Hadley £2,733.00 £6,489.96 £1,433.70   £10,656.66
Cllr Nicole Hawkins £2,125.67       £2,125.67
Cllr Bruce Heywood £2,733.00 £5,192.76 £1,552.95   £9,478.71
Cllr Ivor Jones £2,733.00   £271.80   £3,004.80
Cllr Andrew Kingston-James £2,733.00       £2,733.00
Cllr Richard Lillis £2,733.00 £1,297.68     £4,030.68
Cllr Brenda Maitland-Walker £2,733.00 £2,975.36 £865.35 £11.50 £6,585.21
Cllr Karen Mills £2,733.00   £364.95   £3,097.95
Cllr Christopher Morgan £2,733.00 £3,416.16 £287.25 £111.00 £6,547.41
Cllr Peter Murphy £2,733.00 £5,192.76 £289.80   £8,215.56
Cllr Jean Parbrook £2,733.00 £1,130.24 £400.50   £4,263.74
Cllr Peter Pilkington £2,733.00       £2,733.00
Cllr Steven Pugsley £2,733.00 £5,466.00 £1,495.80 £8.33 £9,703.13
Cllr Roger Thomas £2,733.00       £2,733.00
Cllr Nicholas Thwaites £2,733.00   £1,952.60 £4.50 £4,690.10
Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew £2,733.00 £8,199.00 £823.50   £11,755.50
Cllr Keith Turner £2,733.00 £6,489.96 £940.30 £277.00 £10,440.26
Cllr Terry Venner £2,733.00   £37.44   £2,770.44
Cllr David Westcott £2,733.00 £6,489.96     £9,222.96
Cllr Rosemary Woods £2,733.00 £167.44 £199.00 £3.00 £3,102.44
  £76,159.11 £59,438.03 £15,577.99 £691.09 £151,866.22

Explanatory Notes:

The Basic Allowance has to be paid to every Councillor and at the same level for each elected Councillor. It recognises that expenses incurred in being a Councillor for Ward work and domestic costs. Special Responsibility Allowances are paid to recognise the additional roles some Councillors perform beyond the role of a local Councillor.

  1. West Somerset District Council is made up of 28 Councillors
  2. The travel allowances shown above are the amounts reclaimed for car mileage or public transport fares
  3. When a number of Councillors travel to the same event and share the use of a car, only the driver can claim a mileage allowance
  4. The Subsistence Allowances shown above are the amounts reclaimed for postage, meals and hotel accommodation whilst on official business. They do not include hotel costs paid directly by the Council

Further information on the allowances arrangements may be obtained from Somerset West and Taunton Council, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE. Tel: 01823 219570 or email enquiries to governance@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk