Elected councillors are not paid but are entitled to an annual allowance which recognises their work and time commitment. In addition, they are entitled to claim expenses for travelling and other costs incurred when undertaking their duties as a councillor. Those councillors who undertake additional duties, such as chairing a committee or acting as the lead member (portfolio holder) for an area of council activity, are entitled to an additional allowance due to the extra time they can incur in such duties.
An Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP), made up of people who have no association with the council, is responsible for developing the scheme and recommending changes to the Members' Allowance Scheme. The scheme is then agreed by the council.
The scheme of allowances for West Suffolk Council was agreed by the council itself on 22 May 2019.
Until 6 May 2019, West Suffolk councillors continued to receive the allowance they claimed from their former authority (see below).
This page provides information on the allowances and expenses for the former Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough councillors, in line with the scheme of allowances for their respective councils:
- Members' Allowance Scheme for Forest Heath District Council
- Members' Allowance Scheme for St Edmundsbury Borough Council
You can access information about councillor allowances for each council from the links below:
West Suffolk Council
- West Suffolk members' allowances 2021-2022
- West Suffolk members' allowances 2020-2021
- West Suffolk members' allowances 2019-2020
Forest Heath District Council (FHDC)
- FHDC members' allowances 2018-2019
- FHDC members' allowances 2017-2018
- FHDC members' allowances 2016-2017
- FHDC members' allowances 2015-2016
- FHDC members' allowances 2014-2015
- FHDC members' allowances 2013-2014