Members' allowances

By law, every local authority has to agree a scheme of members' allowances which includes how much money councillors should receive for undertaking their duties. Our rules are set out in part 9 of the council's constitution. The main elements are a basic allowance, special responsibility allowances and mileage and subsistence rates.

You can view the latest councillor expenses claims on this page.

Arun District councillors' allowances

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. We show the latest and previous six years on this page.

Schedule of annual payments to councillors - 2019-2020 [pdf] 301KB

Schedule of annual payments to councillors - 2018-2019 [pdf] 281KB

Schedule of annual payments to councillors - 2017-2018 [pdf] 58KB

Schedule of annual payments to councillors - 2016-2017 [pdf] 73KB

Schedule of annual payments to councillors - 2015-2016 [pdf] 62KB

Schedule of annual payments to councillors - 2014-2015[pdf] 149KB

Schedule of annual payments to councillors - 2013-2014 [pdf] 56KB

Parish councillors' allowances

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. The most recent report can be found here: Parish Remuneration Panel report March 2010 [pdf] 41KB

Independent Remuneration Panel Report

We are 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 and Carers and Co-optee Allowances. It consists of representatives from the community and business sector. The panel has concluded eight reviews to date. Its latest report was considered at a special meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee on 2 July 2019 and the recommendations of the committee were considered and agreed by full council at its meeting held on 17 July 2019. The most recent report can be found here:  IRP final report as at 3 July 2019 [docx] 100KB.

Currently our basic allowance is £5,481 a year. Since 2010, increases in the basic allowance have been linked to increases in officers’ pay. This includes a 2% increase paid from 1 April 2019.