Councillors' allowances

The Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 require local authorities to make a scheme of allowances for their members and to establish and maintain an independent remuneration panel to make recommendations to the Council about the scheme and the amounts to be paid.

The Regulations make specific provision for the London Councils (formerly the Association of London Government) to establish a panel, which could exercise the functions of an independent remuneration panel on behalf of London borough councils.

Allowances for 2019/20

This panel most recently reviewed allowances in their report ‘The Remuneration of Councillors in London’ published in January 2018.

This notice sets out the allowances for Wandsworth Councillors for the financial year 2019/20. At its meeting on 17 July 2019, the Council decided not to accept the full amounts recommended by the independent panel, nor its proposal that allowances should be uprated for inflation in line with the local government pay award; instead, the Council decided to leave the rate of allowances, including the Basic Allowance, unchanged for 2019/20 and for 2020/21. 

The panel recommended that reimbursement could be paid through allowance schemes to those Councillors who incur expenditure for the care of children or dependent relations whilst undertaking particular duties. The Panel recommended that a maximum hourly rate should be set locally and this was set at £10.55. The Panel sets out a number of conditions, which should apply. The Council agreed to follow the recommendations of the Panel and implement a scheme for childcare and dependent carers' allowance as recommended by the Panel.

The Council may pay allowances to formal co-opted (non-elected) members of Council committees and this was included in the Scheme at £746.54 per year. The exceptions are the two Independent Persons on the Standards Committee who each receive £400 per year.

The Council sets aside a fund of £4,400 per annum for those elected Members who serve on Adoption and Fostering Panels through the year.  This is apportioned across the appointed Members.

Roles with Special Responsibility Allowances

If a Councillor has a certain role or special responsibility they are eligible for further allowances

Leader of the Council

Strategic leadership of the authority; responsibility and accountability for the work of the Council across all its services; spokesperson for the Council in the media and elsewhere; representing the Council at meetings and events (e.g. with government ministers/departments, local authority associations, etc.); chairing Executive meetings; chairing ward-based Report Back Meetings.

Executive (Cabinet) Member

Leadership of the Council's responsibilities in respect of the particular portfolio allocated to a Cabinet member by the Leader; spokesperson for the Council in the media and elsewhere in respect of this portfolio; representing the Council in this regard at meetings and events (e.g. with government ministers/departments, local authority associations, etc.); advice on policy priorities for consideration; strategic policy advice for consideration on budget priorities; and performance management monitoring for all services in their portfolio.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) Chairman

Leading the scrutiny of the Council's activity and plans in particular areas of service and lead responsibility for improving these through the scrutiny process; involvement in the preparation of business for the OSC meetings and chairing of those committee meetings; supporting the relevant Cabinet Member in their role of representing the Council in that area of service. In the case of the Adult Care and Health OSC, leading the scrutiny of all health services in the Borough and liaison with partner organisations in the health sector.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Deputy Chairman

Deputising for the OSC Chairman for all their duties, including assisting with all early discussions on the formulation, drafting and presentation of Committee reports and the forward plan of OSC activity, and chairing the Committee in the absence of the Chairman. Also deals with any special assignments or areas as designated by the OSC Chairman or Cabinet Members.

Planning Applications Committee Chairman

Leading the Council's responsibilities in relation to land use planning and the physical development of the borough, including key development sites; involvement in the preparation of business for the committee and chairing of those committee meetings; representing the Council on town planning issues.

Planning Applications Committee Deputy Chairman

Supporting the Chairman in the full range of their duties, including chairing the Conservation Advisory Committee.

Licensing Committee Chairman

Leading the Council's responsibilities in relation to licensing of premises across the borough for a range of regulated activities and protection of local communities from the impact of such activities; involvement in the preparation of business for the committee and chairing of those committee meetings; representing the Council on licensing issues; involvement in considering licensing applications as a member of the Licensing Sub-Committee.

Licensing Committee Deputy Chairman

Supporting the Chairman in the full range of their duties.

Leader of the Opposition

Leading and representing the Minority Group of Councillors, and fulfilling the formal roles of this position as required in the Council's Constitution and legislation. 

Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Supporting the Leader of the Opposition in the full range of their duties.

Opposition Chief Whip

Organisation and coordination of the Minority Group of Councillors.  

Adoption and Fostering Panels

Attendance at meetings of these panels to participate in decisions on the placement of children for adoption and fostering.

Co-optee

To act as a Member of the Education and Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee appointed as a legal representative of church authorities or parent governors; or serving on the Standards Committee as a legal Independent Member, including involvement in the consideration of complaints of misconduct by Members of the authority.