Details of our councillors' allowance scheme and how much councillors can claim.

Councillors are entitled to claim certain allowances under our members' allowances scheme.

Claims for 2022/23

Please see our councillor allowances - claims for 2022/23 page to see the list of claims from last year.

Current allowances

The following allowances apply from 24 May 2023, unless otherwise stated:

Basic allowance Rate per year
Payable to all members £6,200
Special responsibility allowances for post holders Rate per year
Leader of the council £17,200
Deputy Leader of the council £9,900
Cabinet members £8,550 (each)
Cabinet Champions (payable from the date appointed) £1,750 (each)
Chairman of Development Management Committee £5,800
Chairman of Corporate Governance, Audit and Standards Committee £5,800
Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee £4,300
Chairman of Policy and Project Advisory Board £4,300
Opposition group leaders
(subject to the group having at least ten per cent (4) of the council's seats)
£3,500 (each)
Chairman of the council (Mayor) £1,650
Members serving on four or more hearings in one municipal year (excluding the Chairman of the Corporate Governance, Audit and Standards Committee) £500
Co-optees allowance Rate
Co-optee £550 a year
Dependant carer's allowance Rate
Childcare allowance National living wage
Other care - payable at the hourly wage charged by Hampshire County Council's Adult Services for a carer  

Travelling expenses

The rates below apply:

  • To travel outside the borough only
  • If travel results in a substantial saving of the member's time, is in the interests of the body or is otherwise reasonable

The Head of Democracy and Partnerships will prepare a list of those circumstances where travel allowances will apply inside the borough.

Motor mileage (as at April 2012) Rate
Cars and vans

First 10,000 miles - 45p per mile
Over 10,000 miles - 25p per mile

Motorcycle Rate
Motorcycle 24p a mile
Bicycle Rate
Bicycle 20p a mile

Public transport

Councillors should travel by the most cost-effective way that suit their needs. We will reimburse the cost of most public transport and taxis on the production of receipts. For train journeys, we will normally provide a standard class rail warrant through the Head of Democracy and Partnerships.

Meetings outside Rushmoor

The following additional requirements apply to all meetings outside of Rushmoor:

  • Travel to attend approved duties outside Rushmoor should be by the most cost-effective method that meets the councillor's requirements. The cost of travel by motor vehicle should not be more than the cost of the standard rail fare
  • The Head of Democracy and Partnerships, in consultation with the Chief Executive or the Deputy Chief Executive, must approve any first class rail travel
  • Where accommodation and meals are required, the councillor should book these in advance through the Head of Democracy and Partnerships
  • Where meals cannot be pre-booked and paid in advance and are above the rates set out below, we will reimburse reasonable costs on production of receipts up to a limit of £25 a day

Subsistence allowances

The following rates apply as long as receipts are provided:

Daytime Rate
Breakfast £5.73
Lunch £7.92
Tea £3.13
Evening meal £9.80
Overnight Rate
Allowance for absence overnight from the usual place of residence £79.82
Allowance for such absence in London (within specified London boroughs) or for attendance at the annual conference of the Local Government Association £91.04

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