Councillors' allowances and expenses

We allocate allowances to the Mayor, councillors and co-opted members of committees to cover the costs of carrying out their council duties, including travel and subsistence allowances.

We set our allowances at a meeting of the full council. The following scheme was developed with consideration of the Independent Remuneration Panel report “The Remuneration of Councillors in London 2018”.

Mayor’s allowances

The Mayor of Newham is a directly elected Mayor and is entitled to an annual allowance of £81,000. The Mayor is entitled to the basic allowance paid to all councillors.

Councillors’ allowances

Basic allowance

All councillors and the Mayor are entitled to a basic allowance to cover all travel on council business within the borough, subsistence costs and incidental costs such as the use of their home including telephone rental costs. The current basic allowance (as at May 2018) is £10,842.

Note: The basic, special responsibility, carers, travel, subsistence and co-opted member allowances are uprated each year, from the 1st April, when the average percentage increase in the local governance pay settlement is known - unless the average increase in the local governance pay settlement is below 1%, in which case no increase will be applied.

Special responsibility allowances

Councillors who hold certain positions, such as holding a portfolio within the executive or being the chair of a committee are paid a special responsibility allowance (SRA) to cover their expenses in carrying out their extra duties. 

Councillors are paid the SRA in addition to their basic allowance. If a councillor holds more than one position, they will be paid only one SRA, for the position which has the highest rate.

The following bands will apply to the allocations and payment of special responsibility allowances:
Band​​ ​Newham based roles in band Payment per annum (£)​
​1 ​Directly elected Mayor 81,000​
​2 ​Cabinet Member (2 to 9) 34,000 (additional supplement of £5000 per annum for the cabinet member appointed as Deputy Mayor​)
  • Chair of Overview and Scrutiny
  • Committee Scrutiny lead member / chair of Scrutiny sub-committee
  • Chairs of major regulatory committees (e.g. Strategic Development & Licencing) 
  • Chair of Health & Wellbeing Board 
  • ​Chief Whip of Majority Group​
  • Other Committee Chairs (e.g. Local Development, Investment & Accounts, Audit Board)
  • Chair of Council 
  • Leader of Principal Opposition Group
  • ​​Vice Chair of Council
  • Majority Party Group Secretary
Find out more about which positions are paid SRAs in Part 6 of our Constitution

Outside bodies

Councillors who represent the council on outside bodies are not paid an additional SRA.

Co-opted members' allowances

Some committees are required to have non councillors among their members known as co-opted members. These co-opted members are entitled to an allowance to cover out-of-pocket expenses.

Committee/sub-committee/commission ​Annual allowance (£)
​Committee Member 500
 Standards Advisory Committee, Chair


Additional allowance

Read more about our allowance scheme in Part 6 of our Constitution

Childcare/dependants allowance

Councillors and co-opted committee/commission members who have to pay for care of children and/or dependents while they are carrying out their council duties will be reimbursed at the rate of the London Living Wage applicable at the time.

Travelling allowances 

Councillors and co-opted committee/commission members who have to travel outside Newham while carrying out their duties are reimbursed the actual travel costs they incur.

Subsistence allowances  

Councillors and co-opted committee/commission members are reimbursed for the actual subsistence costs they incur while carrying out council duties outside Newham. This allowance is limited to a maximum daily rate of £29.27 for meals and a maximum overnight rate of £117.31 per day for accommodation.

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Allowances and expenses claimed

Read more about our allowance scheme in Part 6 of our Constitution
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