Councillors' allowances and remuneration

Councillors receive a basic annual allowance, paid in monthly instalments, which is subject to tax and National Insurance contributions.

The allowance is designed to contribute to the costs that arise in carrying out council business, such as using their home and phone, and travel expenses. It is not intended to recompense councillors for all the time they dedicate to council business.

If you are thinking of seeking election to become a councillor, then it might be helpful to know some facts about what payments you would be entitled to receive.

How much do councillors receive?

The amount payable to councillors each year is decided by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.

We also pay an additional allowance to some councillors who are office holders, or who have special responsibilities.

For full details of councillors’ allowances over the last few years, please see the statements below: