Members' (Councillors') Allowances

The Members' Allowance Scheme is detailed in Part 6 of the Constitution. An Independent Remuneration Panel meets to make recommendations on the Member Allowance Scheme and on any amendments to it.

Southampton City Council is not permitted to change the scheme without the recommendations of the Panel. Any recommendations of the Panel are then considered by Standards and Governance Committee and then by Full Council.

The Independent Remuneration Panel met in 2014, 2018 and more recently in October 2022. The latest Panel report is below.

Councillors are entitled to receive a Basic Allowance, which is intended to recognise the time devoted by Councillors to their work.

This includes approved duties listed in the scheme and other inevitable calls on their time, including working with constituents and involvement as Councillors in various groups in their wards and the City. It is also to cover the cost of phone calls and other individual expenses for which no other provision is made.

Some Councillors also receive a Special Responsibility Allowance in addition to the Basic Allowance. This is in recognition of the special responsibilities they have as Leader of the Council, Cabinet Members, Group Leaders or Chairs of Committees.

Local Authorities are required to publish annually the total amount of allowances paid to individual Councillors and co-opted Members of the Council.

The Independent Remuneration Panel Report was considered by Council on 16 November 2022.


Document Type Size
Councillors' Allowances 2023-2024pdf104.7 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2022-2023pdf227.2 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2021-2022pdf170.3 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2020-2021pdf104.7 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2019-2020pdf111.8 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2018-2019pdf67.1 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2017-2018pdf23.8 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2016-2017pdf21.8 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2015-2016pdf32.8 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2014-2015pdf10.1 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2013-2014pdf9.7 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2012-2013pdf10.3 KB
Councillors' Allowances 2011-2012pdf12.7 KB
Councillors' and Co-optees' Allowances 2010-2011pdf9.0 KB
Councillors' and Co-optees' Allowances 2009-2010pdf33.3 KB
Councillors' and Co-optees' Allowances 2008-2009pdf16.4 KB
Councillors' and Co-optees' Allowances 2007-2008pdf17.6 KB