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Councillors' allowances and expenses
Allowances paid to Members of Medway Council:
All councillors receive a basic allowance to perform
their duties which include:
- preparing for and attending all formal and informal
- meetings with residents
- dealing with enquiries from residents
The basic allowance also covers the use of a
councillor's home for conducting Medway Council business.
Some councillors receive an additional allowance for any
special responsibilities (SRAs) they might have as a member of the
council, such as being a Cabinet member or a committee
Councillors are allowed to claim travelling expenses for
their official duties at the rates set out by Her Majesty's Revenue
and Customs (HMRC).
The rate is currently set at 40pence per mile for
the first 8,500 miles and up to 14.4pence per mile thereafter.
Councillors 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
expenses are not normally reimbursed because this is covered by the
Find out more about the allowance and expenses scheme in
Chapter 6 of the council's
The Independent Remuneration Panel
The Independent Remuneration Panel regularly reviews the
council's allowances and expenses scheme.
It meets on a regular basis and no one on the panel is a
councillor or council employee.
Any recommendations the panel makes is based on evidence,
comparison with other local authorities, interviews with
councillors and examples of good practice.
The Independent Remuneration
Panel submitted a report to the council in December 2015 that
was considered by the Full Council at its meeting on 21 January
Read about the Council's decision.