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.

Mayor’s allowances

The Mayor of Newham is a directly elected Mayor and is entitled to an annual allowance of £84,272. This amount includes 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 approved basic allowance for 2020/21 is £11,280 (includes 2% LGPS award) and will increase retrospectively on 1 April 2020 by the LGPS award applicable for 2020/21, and be the allowance until the 31 March 2021.

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:


​Newham based roles in band

Payment per annum (£ for 2019/20 including LGPS. 2020/21 is as below + LGPS %for 2020/21 when known and will be applied retrospectively from 1 April 2020


​Directly elected Mayor

84,272 (including basic allowance)


​Cabinet Member (2 to 9)

35,373 (additional supplement of £5,202 per annum for the cabinet member appointed as Statutory Deputy Mayor​)


  • ​Chair of Overview and Scrutiny
  • Deputy Cabinet Member
  • Commissioner
  • Chairs of major regulatory committees (Strategic Development & Licencing) 
  • Chair of Health and Wellbeing Board 



  • ​Committee Scrutiny Lead Member/Chair of Scrutiny Sub-Committee
  • Chief Whip of Majority Group



  • Other Committee Chairs (Local Development, Investment and Accounts, Audit Board)
  • Chair of Council
  • Leader of Principal Opposition Group



  • Vice Chair of Council
  • Majority Party Group Secretary
  • Assistant Whip of Majority Group
  • Chief Whip of Principal Opposition​


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.


​Annual allowance (£)

​Committee Member


 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 £28.99 for meals and a maximum overnight rate of £116.15 per day for accommodation.

Allowances and expenses claimed

2018 - 19 allowances paid to councillors and co-opted members (PDF)​

2017 - 18 allowances paid to councillors and co-opted members (PDF)​

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