Part 9 of Arun District Council's constitution sets out the rules concerning allowances and expenses for council members. This page provides detailed information on expenses, including records of actual amounts claimed each year.
Which allowances are paid?
Allowances vary depending on responsibilities undertaken, such as committee membership, and are detailed within Part 9.
We also reimburse expenses for items such as travel and subsistence.
Travel expenses include:
- Travel to and from council meetings, including committees and working parties.
- Travel to and from meetings with relevant officers.
- Undertaking related duties.
Travel expenses are currently set at 45p per mile for a car journey, and members are encouraged to car share where possible or use public transport. Public transport is reimbursed at cost, with receipts required. We only reimburse taxi fares where the journey was of an urgent nature or other public transport was unavailable.
Subsistence is based on actual cost incurred and receipts must be provided whenever possible.
How can I view payments made to Arun District Councillors under this scheme?
The Council is required to publish details of the payments made to Councillors under the Members' Allowances Scheme in respect of the Basic Allowance, Special Responsibility Allowance, Carers' Allowance, Travel and Subsistence Allowance, IT Allowance and Co-optees Allowance on an annual basis.
To view the public notice for 2017/2018 click here Notice - payments made in 2017-18.pdf [pdf] 58KB
To view the public notice for 2016/2017 click here Notice - payments made in 2016-2017.pdf [pdf] 73KB
To view the public notice for 2015/2016 click here Notice - payments made in 2015-2016 .pdf [pdf] 62KB
To view the public notice for 2014/2015 click here Members Allowances Annual Notice 2014 2015.pdf [pdf] 149KB
To view the public notice for 2013/2014 click here Annual Schedule of Members' Allowances Payments for 2013 2014.pdf [pdf] 56KB
To view the public notice for 2012/2013 click here Annual Notice of Members Allowances Payments for 2012 2013.pdf [pdf] 66KB
To view notices from previous years, view the archived members' allowances notices.
What payments do Parish Councillors receive?
New arrangements were introduced in 2003 for the payment of allowances for members of Parish Councils. The Regulations allow Parish Councils to:
- Choose to pay their members an allowance, known as the 'parish basic allowance' to recognise the time and effort they put into their parish duties
- Choose to pay its members travel and subsistence allowances
Allowances are discretionary and if paid, they should be based on the recommendations of the Parish Remuneration Panel set up by the District Council.
You can also view archived Parish Remuneration Panel reports.
Independent Remuneration Panel Report
The Council is required to maintain an Independent Remuneration Panel to make recommendations about the allowances to be paid to its Members, including the Basic Allowance, Special Responsibility Allowances, Travel and Subsistence, Carers and Co-optee Allowances, as well as IT Allowances. It consists of representatives from the community and business sector. The Panel has concluded seven reviews to date. Its latest report was considered by the Audit & Governance Committee on 26 September 2013 and the recommendations agreed by the Committee were considered by Full Council at its meeting held on 23 October 2013. A number of amendments were put and agreed at the Full Council Meeting.
In accordance with the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, Arun District Council has amended its scheme of allowances to increase the Members' Basic Allowance from £5,055 to £5,166 based on the recommendation of an Independent Remuneration Panel, confirmed at the Full Council Meeting held on 23 October 2013 and in line with the recent staff pay award. No other changes have been made to the payment of allowances at this time, as shown in the table Notice - Increase of Basic Allowance by 2.2%.pdf [pdf] 75KB.
We also hold archived Independent Remuneration Panel reports.