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Set out below are details of the allowances paid to Members of
Medway Council for the years shown.
All councillors (or elected members as they are also known)
receive a basic allowance (£8,730.86 for 2012/13) to perform their
duties. 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.
The basic allowance also covers the use of an elected member's
home for conducting Medway Council business.
Some elected members receive an additional allowance for any
special responsibilities (SRAs) that they might have as a member of
the council, such as being a Cabinet member or a committee
Elected members are allowed to claim travelling expenses for
their official duties at the rates set out by Her Majesty's Revenue
and Customs (HMRC) for business travel. Currently councillors have
set the rate at 40pence per mile for the first 8,500 miles and
up to 14.4pence per mile thereafter.
Taxi fares are only reimbursed on production of a receipt if it
is not practical to use public transport or their own car.
Elected members are also allowed to claim expenses for caring
responsibilities, either for a child under 16 or a dependent
Expenses for lunch, stationery, phone calls and other routine
subsistence expenses are not normally reimbursed because this is
covered by the basic allowance.
Just like any other salary, all allowances are subject to tax
and national insurance and elected members have no other provision
to claim from the council, other than mileage.
No other allowances or expenses are payable.
The Allowance Scheme that sets out the full details of the
allowances can be found in Chapter 6 of the council's
The Independent Remuneration Panel regularly reviews
the members' allowances scheme and makes recommendations to the
council which the council must consider before it establishes a new
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