Gosport Borough Council has a statutory requirement to publish a list of Councillors' allowances, claimed each year.
To ensure that they are not financially penalised for carrying out their Council duties, Councillors receive from the Council an allowance or allowances.
The allowances paid to Councillors are contained within the Council's Members' Allowances Scheme, see below.
Councillors are not paid a salary nor do they draw a wage. Councillors are awarded an allowance that is intended to recognise the time commitment including such things as meetings with constituents and Council officers, and attendance at meetings, both those arranged by the Council and those of other organisations that the elected member may be appointed to as a representative of the Council.
All Councillors receive a basic allowance to carry out their duties serving the Borough's residents. These include:
- preparing for and attending all formal and informal meetings that they are invited to
- meetings with constituents
- dealing with enquiries from their constituents
Some elected members receive an additional allowance for any special responsibility that they might have as a member of the Council, such as being Leader of the Council, Group Leader or a Board or Committee Chairman.
Just like payment of a salary, all allowances are subject to the appropriate rates of Income Tax and National Insurance.
Members allowances received 2020-2021
|Allowance||£ per annum|
|Leader of the Council||14852.53|
|Chairmen of Service Boards and Regulatory Board and Standards and Governance Committee||4756.79|
|Opposition Group Leader (Liberal Democrat)|