All councillors receive a basic allowance to perform their duties which include:
- preparing for and attending all formal and informal meetings
- 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 chairman.
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 adult.
Expenses for lunch, stationery, phone calls and other routine expenses are not normally reimbursed because this is covered by the basic allowance.
Find out more about the current allowance and expenses scheme in Chapter 6 of the council's constitution.
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 last meeting on 21 January 2016. Read about the Council's decision.