The pay of councillors is decided by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW). Councillors are not paid for attending meetings but receive a salary to reimburse them for the time and expenses spent whilst on Council business.
Councillors can also claim travel allowance. The current rate is 45p per mile reducing to 25p per mile after 10,000 miles in line with HMRC.
Breakdown of councillors' remuneration
- Members' Remuneration 2016/17
- Members' Remuneration 2015/16
- Members' Remuneration 2014/15
- Members' Remuneration 2013/14
- Members' Remuneration 2012/13
- Members' Remuneration 2011/12
Section 153 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure requires this salary to be paid in full to each councillor unless they have independently and voluntarily written to the proper officer to request not to receive all, or part of the payment.
Basic salary payable to all councillors not receiving a senior or civic salary: £13,400
Senior salaries include the basic salary. Only one senior salary can be paid to a councillor.
Deputy Leader: £33,600
Cabinet Members: £29,100
Chairs of Overview and Scrutiny Committees: £22,100
Chairperson of Planning and Development Committee: £22,100
Chairpersons of committees listed below: £22,100
- Appeals Panel
- Audit Committee
- Licensing Committee
Leader of the largest opposition group: £22,100
Leader of an opposition group with at least 10% of the membership of the Council: £17,100
Civic Head (Mayor): £21,600
Deputy Civic Head (Deputy Mayor): £16,100
Chairperson of Standards Committee: £256 full day, £128 half day
Chairperson of Audit Committee (if co-optee or lay member): £256 full day, £128 half day
Statutory co-optees with voting rights – Standards Committee, Education OVSC, Audit Committee, Crime and Disorder OVSC: £198 full day, £99 half day
Statutory co-optees with voting rights – ordinary members of Standards Committee who also chair Standards Committees for Community Councils: £226 full day, £113 half day
Councillors eligible to receive care allowance
Care allowance: up to £403 per month
You can find out more about councillors’ remuneration on the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales’ website.