The elected members of Dacorum Borough Council receive allowances in recognition of the time, work and costs involved in representing Dacorum’s residents.
Our scheme of allowances is based on the rules set out in national legislation. The levels of allowances we pay are agreed by an external independent panel (an Independent Remuneration Panel). To decide what the allowances should be, the panel analyses the changing demands and pressures of members' workloads, and compares allowances with other councils in England.
There are four types of allowance.
- Basic allowance - All of our elected members receive the basic allowance. This supports the work they do as local councillors, representing their constituents, travelling around the borough and attending council and local community meetings.
- Special responsibility allowance - Members with additional duties and responsibilities receive a special responsibility allowance. For example, the Leader of the Council, Cabinet members, committee chairs and vice-chairs, group leaders.
- Care allowance - A care allowance is available to Members who have to pay for the care of children or dependants so that they can carry out their duties as councillors.
- Travel and subsistence allowance - Members can claim for travel where their journeys are connected with approved council duties.
You can find full details of the allowances in the Members allowances scheme 2012
(PDF 127 KB). The scheme will next be updated in April 2014.
Payment of allowances
Details of the amount paid to each councillor for previous financial years are below.
Review of allowances
The Independent Remuneration Panel advises us on our Members’ Allowances Scheme and the allowances that councillors should receive. We must take this advice into account when we review or amend our scheme.
There are four people on the panel, all of whom have some degree of financial experience and/or knowledge of Local Government.
The panel’s report and recommendations went to Cabinet on 13 December 2011 and Full Council on 11 January 2012. The report concluded that the current scheme of allowances should remain in place for the next financial year, and in view of the present economic climate, no increase was proposed to the basic allowance (payable to all councillors).
The panel also recommended minor changes to the special responsibility allowances, with an overall net increase of £4,951. Cabinet advised that other changes would be brought forward to offset this small increase so that there was no extra cost to the budget.
To find out more, download the full Independent Remuneration Panel Report 2011 (PDF).
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