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Councillors’ allowances and expenses

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Adoption of a scheme of councillors' allowances

The Council on 1 February 2017 agreed to re-adopt its scheme of allowances for the year 2017/2018 and in doing so gave due regard to the recommendations made by an Independent Panel (report of the Independent Panel on the Remuneration of Councillors in London (April 2014)) and has published a public notice to that effect.

Comparative information about Councillors' Allowance levels in other councils; Local Government Association Survey 2008 (LGA website)

All councillors receive a basic allowance. In addition, some councillors receive a special responsibility allowance in recognition of additional duties, such as being a Cabinet member. Full details of the Merton's councillors' allowances scheme, are set out in part 6 the Council's constitution

All councils are required to publish details of payments to councillors annually.

Councillors’ expenses payments

Councillors are entitled to expenses where they are incurred connection with their role as a councillor. These include travel expenses for travel outside the borough in respect of "approved duties", including for attending learning and development. These expenses can be claimed on-line through the iTrent system.

Councillors with dependents can claim an allowance where it is necessary to pay for care to allow them to undertake council duties, such as attending official meetings. This allowance can be claimed by filling in the Dependent Care Allowance claim form (below or from political group offices) and submitting it through the on-line iTrent system.

Dependent care allowance claim form


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This page was last updated on Wednesday 24 May 2017

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